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#1 pusssykatt

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:56 AM

Thank you Bleepin' Janitor because the first place I did look was PCMag, and I appreciate the heads up regarding their reviews. Also thank you for the "Summary of steps to replace an existing anti-virus" if I do change. I am currently using Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus and have for the past 3 years. I am pleased with it, since I run it on Windows 7 and Windows XP, which I use just to upload FTP files. When I talked to a rep to renew my subscription I felt like I was being pressured to buy something I wasn't sure about. There was talk of a price this year, but it would double next year as that would be the 3.5 year mark...it just didn't feel right. Anyways can anyone suggest a website that does fair antivirus software comparisons.

 

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 03:38 PM

As I noted in another recent topic, there are several reputable labs which test the effectiveness of major anti-virus programs and security suites to include AV-Comparatives.org, Virus Bulletin Comparative Tests, AV-Test.org, NSS Labs Consumer Anti-Malware Products Group Test Report, Anti-Malware Test Lab, MRG-Effitas, etc.

However, these kinds of comparative testing results will vary depending on a variety of factors to include but not limited to who conducted the testing, what they were testing for (type of threats, attack vectors, exploits), what versions of anti-virus software was tested, what type of scanning engine was used, and the ability to clean or repair. There are no universally predefined set of standards or criteria for testing which means each test will yield different results. As such, you need to look for detailed information about how the tests were conducted, the procedures used, objectivity and data results. Read Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization: AMTSO Fundamental Principles of Testing.

Each security vendor uses their own testing/analysis methodology to identify various types of malware so the detection results are not always the same.Further, some of the testing criteria and standards may even be misleading.

...for some unknown reason...the renowned German test lab AV-TEST has quietly (there was no warning) modified its certification process. The changes mean that the certificates produced by the new rules are, to put it mildly, pretty useless for evaluating the merits of different AV products...With AV-TESTs new certification standards, the onus is on the user to carefully investigate the actual results of each individual testthey may find that a product that blocked 99.9% of attacks has the same certification as a product that only blocked 55%.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 04:48 PM

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 05:02 PM

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 01:19 AM

As potentially unwanted programs are hampering day by day. The Best internet security is needed. As I am a newbie and enhancing my knowledge of antivirus software. Today many products are available and to choose the best one is very confusing. A right methodology for selecting antivirus is required. Thanks for this informative post. 



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:16 AM

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