Anti-virus Software Comparison Test

by : InfoSecurityLab



Virus.gr tested quite a few different software companies to see how they would stack up against each other. How did the 147,000+ virus test pan out? Here are the results:

1. Kaspersky version 6.0.0.303 - 99.62%

2. Active Virus Shield by AOL version 6.0.0.299 - 99.62%

3. F-Secure 2006 version 6.12.90 - 96.86%

4. BitDefender Professional version 9 - 96.63%

5. CyberScrub version 1.0 - 95.98%

6. eScan version 8.0.671.1 - 95.82%

7. BitDefender freeware version 8.0.202 - 95.57%

8. BullGuard version 6.1 - 95.57%

9. AntiVir Premium version 7.01.01.02 - 95.45%

10. Nod32 version 2.51.30 - 95.14%

11. AntiVir Classic version 7.01.01.02 - 94.26%

12. ViruScape 2006 version 1.02.0935.0137 - 93.87%

13. McAfee version 10.0.27 - 93.03%

14. McAfee Enterprise version 8.0.0 - 91.76%

15. F-Prot version 6.0.4.3 beta - 87.88%

16. Avast Professional version 4.7.871 - 87.46%

17. Avast freeware version 4.7.871 - 87.46%

18. Dr. Web version 4.33.2 - 86.03%

19. Norman version 5.90.23 - 85.65%

20. F-Prot version 3.16f - 85.14%

21. ArcaVir 2006 - 83.44%

22. Norton Professional 2006 - 83.18%

23. AVG Professional version 7.1.405 - 82.82%

24. AVG freeware version 7.1.405 - 82.82%

25. Panda 2007 version 2.00.01 - 82.23%

26. Virus Chaser version 5.0a - 81.47%

27. PC-Cillin 2006 version 14.10.1051 - 80.90%

28. VBA32 version 3.11.0 - 79.12%

29. ViRobot Expert version 4.0 - 76.22%

30. UNA version 1.83 - 75.44%

On the top you see both Kaspersky and Active Virus Shield with same results, thats because the engine is the same, it`s just AOL brand name on free software. This is good news, as people get good software for free! You can download Active Virus Shield by AOL here.

Of course the test is not precise, as it is always sponsored by some company (this one really looks like AOL and Kaspersky sponsored one, it`s too optimistic 99.62%).Kaspersky has created a large community around the world to support it. I`ve seen some other results where at top is Dr.Web. Dr.Web best feature is that it can cure infected files, not just delete them (e.g. delete important system files and crash your system). That`s what I never liked about NOD32 - it could never cure any file!

Another thing that makes me curious about this test is that Kaspersky`s big competitor Norton is put down in the 22nd place. In another review Norton is stated one of the worst applications that slow down your computer. And I agree, it IS slow. It`s installation procedure uses some Internet Explorer stuff that I have always had problems with.

For now at work I have Norton Internet protection suite 2006 (I`m without admin privilegies) and on my laptop I have deactivated Dr.Web and activated AntiVir, because one nasty virus Dr.Web couldnt catch and Antivir just detects it, but still cannot cure. I plan to install AOL (Kaspersky) Antivirus suite and try it out, maybe things have changed over time.

Article from: infosecuritylab