LIGHTNING RELEASES — Innsbruck, 23rd of April 2014 Test organization AV-Comparatives has released their “March Product Dynamic Real World Protection Test”. Emisoft, Kaspersky, Avira, and BitDefender surpassed the other vendors, blocking 99.8% of the malware they encountered. Korean AV vendor AhnLab trailed the pack, blocking only 90.3% of the samples encountered.
Once again, testing by AV-Comparatives demonstrated that it is not necessarily the most well known companies that have the best results. McAfee was in the eighth position, Trend Micro in the twelfth. Symantec and G DATA were not one of the participants in the public main tests. Trend Micro and McAfee also had the highest number of false positives, with 19 and 11 respectively. A bit of black eye for BitDefender was their 7 false positives.
The four A’s, on the other hand, had zero false positives, AhnLab, Avast, AVG, and Avira. AhnLab surpassed all vendors with 9.7% compromised samples, however.
“One thing we did in the most recent test was to triple the sample size,” stated Clementi from AV-Comparatives. “Without going into a lot of mathematical detail, increasing the sample size improves the statistical accuracy of the results, as well as the significance of the false positive rate. Test results from companies with a very small sample size are not so good.”
“We consider this test and the test methodology to be the best in the industry,” said Andreas Clementi. “In fact, the Real-World Protection Test framework has been recognized by the “Standortagentur Tirol” with the 2012 “Cluster Award for innovation in computer science” and by the “Austrian Government” with the 2013 “Constantinus Award”.
AV-Comparatives performs a number of other tests each year. Just recently they also released their “File Detection Test”. Kaspersky topped all vendors with a 99.8% detection rate with F-Secure, eScan, Baidu, and Fortinet tied for second, at 99.6%. AhnLab trailed all companies with 89% (16 false positives).
The print version of the report itself shows the results in alphabetical order. Individuals can go to the web site and sort the results by performance. They can also view more current results between the published test results. This document is a one month overview. Detailed overviews comprising four months of data collection are published twice annually. http://www.av-comparatives.org/dynamic-tests/
AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. www.av-comparatives.org