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Whose the the MAN in Anti-virus? Avira and she only needs to catch 71% to trounce all the contenders
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 08 June 2007 08:19

   With the Viral threat coming on at an ever increasing rate and computers being infected minutes after going on line for the first time; it's becoming ever more important to know how well our Anti-virus programs are working for us. As we also are growing increasingly sceptical of the claims being made through the Anti-virus industry, we turn to independents to test and report on the effectiveness of the various products clambering to protect us.

 Report: little-known AV packages outdo those of Symantec, McAfee, Microsoft
ARS Technica
By Jeremy Reimer | Published: June 07, 2007 - 10:55PM CT

Andreas Clementi, who runs the web site av-comparatives.org, has released his latest report that looks at how well antivirus programs do against threats that have not yet been identified and included in standard AV signatures. The test looked at 17 different products, including offerings from Symantec, McAfee, AVG, Kaspersky, and Microsoft, and tested how well releases dated February 2 (with no updates) fared against a swath of new malware—viruses, scripts, trojans, and other nasties—that were discovered between February 2 and May 2.

The winner of this antivirus sweepstakes was a product called Avira, which managed to detect and defeat 71 percent of the unknown malware. Right behind it was the equally-obscure NOD32, which swept away 68 percent of the threats. The more well-known commercial products fared more poorly. Norton Antivirus and McAfee tied at a mere 24 percent, while Microsoft's OneCare did even worse by only identifying 18 percent of the new threats. Resting at the bottom of the barrel were Kaspersky and eScan at nine percent, and AVG, which detected only eight percent of malicious software in addition to producing many false positives... more

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