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Can you guess which vendor is 'feeble' at protecting businesses from malware?


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 07:24 AM

Respected anti-malware testing authority AV-Test.org has published its latest report - comparing the performance of 11 different anti-virus products designed to protect Windows 7 users.
 
In fact, products from Bitdefender, F-Secure, Trend Micro, Symantec and Kaspersky managed an impressive 100% detection rate in a "real-world" against new, still unknown threats and an AV-Test.org library of nearly 30,000 already known malware samples.
 
Even the products which didn't quite manage 100% in both tests, still performed very well.
 
However, there's one fly in the ointment. One (rather well-known) software company that AV-Test.org included in its Windows 7 test, and found somewhat lacking... Microsoft.
 
In its report, AV-Test.org describe Microsoft's offering as "much too feeble":

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 08:13 AM

As someone who works for a company that uses TrendMicro, I can tell you that they most likely got lucky on this one because TrendMicro is far from having a 100% detection rate here, or ven 90%.

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 01:21 PM

Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...finding malware after a computer has been infected so a 100% detection rate is not as impressive as it may sound. Further, the real test is the ability to detect unknown zero-day attacks and most will fail in that category too.
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Posted 24 July 2015 - 01:59 PM

I have long used and recommended both AVG and Avast.

However, AVG is becoming more aggressive with their AVG Search and AVG Toolbar, AVG PC TuneUp, AVG Web TuneUp.  It's hard for the average user to avoid them now.

 

And Avast had their SafePrice fiasco [howtogeek] [anglologin]--actually installing a browser tracking/shopping extension with their program.

 

So it's hard for me to recommend them anymore.

I have fallen back to Microsoft Security Essentials as my recommendation. It is fast, like AVG and Avast. Bu who knows, maybe it's spying on us too.

 

As for other free alternatives, see quietman7's Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.

It includes one i havent tried: Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

There is also Panda free antivirus, that uses the cloud, which i also havent tried.

 

One more note. The AV-Test.org test captures the AV programs a one point in time, freezes them, then captures new malware for some number of days, then runs the AV programs (without updates) to simulate "zero-day" detection.

 

But, again, this is not fool proof. Do the test again, and you'll get different scores. For example, their "zero day" sample probably includes both "extremely common" attacks and "extremely rare" attacks, and they dont appear to differentiate.



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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:10 PM

...As for other free alternatives, see quietman7's Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.
It includes one i havent tried: Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
There is also Panda free antivirus, that uses the cloud, which i also havent tried.

A lot of our members here use Bitdefender and a few use Panda.
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