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    An update on anti-malware application testing


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    An update on anti-malware application testing


    By Tracey Capen

    AV-Comparatives has posted its May results for popular AV-applications, and Microsoft's MSE does surprisingly well.

    But anti-malware testing is not an exact science it's more of a guideline on the current state of AV products.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/top-story/an-update-on-anti-malware-application-testing/ (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    Hi - I looked at the AV Comparatives graph which showed that only one of the a-v products produced a perfect score - 100% malware removal with no false positives. This was Vipre, which never got a mention in the accompanying text, nor in your article. Most strange, captain, as Mr Spock would say. Why the omission? I have been a very satisfied user of Vipre for many years and have been rescued from stupid clicks many a time. I have long lauded it to friends and it is now very reasonably priced (before it was a pricey service) and its commercial version is used by among others the Cleveland Clinic, recommendation enough. Why has the computer press ignored this gem? They don't advertise??? Say it ain't so, Tracey.

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    Agreed airline pricing is a nightmare. They now use demand algorithms to determine price, so it's become like the stock market.
    However, I certainly favour certain airlines like Alaska. Some of them have become unpredictable in multiple ways, like canceling a flight 1/2 hr before departure after moving it to 4am. I avoid Delta now.

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    On AV - I did my research some years ago and decided on ESET. I've found it low impact and very reliable. Kaspersky has certainly been top of the ratings most of that time but is also twice the price and not as intuitive. I used to use Norton and McAfee at the office but we stopped using both when they became dogs and caused major problems. The specialists do it better.

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    As to the cost of Kaspersky, I follow the daily specials from Newegg.com. Every few days to a week there is a listing for Kaspersky Internet Security 3-computer license for 1 year for between $25 and $35.

    My last special was a 5-computer license for 1 year at a cost of $24.95 (Dec 2015).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar Leyte View Post
    Hi - I looked at the AV Comparatives graph which showed that only one of the a-v products produced a perfect score - 100% malware removal with no false positives. This was Vipre,
    Eric
    Bitdefender matched Vipre's score...
    Only 3 months ago Vipre was considered only average...http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2471672,00.asp
    Last edited by Trev; 2016-06-22 at 17:31.

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    I find your article about airlines and flying disturbing for two reasons.

    The first reason is one I agree with in so much as the seats appear to be designed for 5' 10" or smaller people and there is no way for an airline to sell seats for people's sizes without a scream of discrimination. I believe there should be seat sizing as an efficient way to load. There is no reason why the isle middle or window or even certain rows cannot be larger seats sold as such within the same cabin. If they sell out that defines a business model. More emphasis on this should be placed than the emphasis on how many more seats can be crammed in or how many algorithms can be written to maximize revenue on existing loads whereby at the end of the day certain small seats are in fact given away on a plane with many other passengers flying in the most uncomfortable manner that can be designed. The airlines need to get physical again instead of thinking they can mess with people by being mental.

    The second issue your article was disturbing is related to the above but from another perspective. Here you are trying to show off how you are attempting and in this case appearing to beat some system. I have listened to many passengers tell me their versions of how they got something they felt was for free or a one up over their fellow passengers on and during the ride. Yet when you start talking to them about their business they preach the position that they try not to allow anyone from getting something off them for free or outside of their specific control. How can I manipulate a free subscription from you or a drastically reduced subscription? OH, I can't. But you feel entitled to behave in this manipulative manner to feel you get something and then publish it as if the airline people were totally unaware of all the manipulations that are attempted upon them with every flight. If they show they do not have a learning disability and cut off, taking control of all this behavior, you and I complain more that the cheaper and cheaper rides are not giving us more. Your electronic publication cost for one year compared to a trans con ticket for example doesn't even come close to delivering an efficient competitive service for the amount of money we are comparing. Maybe a whole different attitude and approach would begin to justify paying the amount of money for what you actually provide and put the ride into the atmosphere into a better perspective.

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