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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Interesting results. I think that generally, they emphasize the need for more than just an AV program, to deal with the myriad of malware that flies around nowadays. While NOD32 shone out over the rest, largely because of its better performance in these latter categories, none of them seemed to perform especially well. I wonder how NOD32 for instance, stacks up against dedicated programs like AdAware and Spybot S&D.

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    AV Comparatives

    The latest results of the AV Comparatives anti-virus tests have been released, and once again throw up some surprising (and rather worrying) results. Once again, NOD32 is so far ahead of the rest it's almost embarassing, while some very popular AV suites managed 0% in some tests!

    The test results can be viewed by clicking on the 'May 2005' link.

    NOTE that for some reason, Firefox doesn't render this table correctly, but IE works fine.

    NOTE: Edited by Lyra to remove a link to the results table- the website owners don't like that. Thanks to Big Al for pointing it out.
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Good question Alan, though like most AV programs, NOD32 doesn't include spyware in it's remit. Maybe they should.

    Discuss.
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Obviously Eset, makers of NOD32, have some good technology. Nevertheless, this is an odd test. It asks: if you didn't update your AV software for three months, how many of the new malware released during that time would your software protect you from? I think this would be most important to people who engage in risky behavior: opening email attachment unskeptically, trading files with a preference for the new and hot, and downloading executables from a wide variety of untrustworthy web sites. We should try to shrink that pool of malware spreaders as well as building better heuristics. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    As a side note, it's interesting that McAfee's score fell significantly between the May 2004 and May 2005 tests. It's not clear whether the product design changed, or whether virus writers might actually be testing against the most popular scanners to try to evade their "proactive" detection. Hmmm...

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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Hi Lyra:
    I was a little disappointed to see AVG last, since that's what I now use. However, as Jefferson points out, it only tests the result if you didn't update your AV for 3 months. The other thing that I didn't see (although I didn't look too hard) was the frequency of false positives. While it's nice to see the comparisons, I think it's difficult to base an overall decision on these. I note that NOD32 wasn't near the top in the February test, which means that if all the AV scanners are up to date, NOD32 doesn't rank as high. Of course, AVG was still near the bottom in February. I'm a bit surprised, as I've seen several Loungers recommend it.

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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Hi Phil

    Yes, it did seem an odd sort of test to me too, which was exactly why I thought it may be of interest. Thinking about it though, most comparisons test up to date definitions & programs, but for the majority of 'real' users, ie those that aren't particularly PC/security savvy, then out of date defs may well be the case on their systems.

    Like I said, they do throw up several worrying questions don't they, particularly when all the AV companies expound the 'amazing benefits' of their heuristics technology...
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    I found the whole body of results confusing. The statistics didn't make sense to me since the weighting skewed the overall results so that if a product scored high in one single area and zero elsewhere, it "outperformed" products that didn't have a single high score but reliably found nasties in all categories. I also wasn't very certain exactly what was being tested. There is NO one superproduct that does it all, no matter how high it may appear to score, and anyone who looks for that holy grail is liable to wind up regretting their naivete.
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    like most AV programs, NOD32 doesn't include spyware in it's remit. Maybe they should.
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    Ok, so I got it wrong- NOD32 just gained Checkmark Certification for anti-spyware in it's latest version (2.5). More details here .
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Look's like it's a product to keep our eyes on. I wonder what the other company that received the Certification was.

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    Re: AV Comparatives

    > I wonder what the other company that received the Certification was.

    Not too difficult to find out... Checkmark - Information Security Certification (Spyware)

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    Re: AV Comparatives

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    I've been using NOD32 for the last 6 months and I have to say it's the best piece of AV software I've ever used. I'm sure my evangelising of it in these forums must get tiresome, but hey, good software deserves to be shouted about IMO.
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Go on, spill the beans for those of who don't have web access at work (apart from WOPR of course!) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    The other company is TrendMicro, makers of PcCillin and OfficeScan.

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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Thanks Hans <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: AV Comparatives

    Thanks, Jefferson. Boy, I feel lazy. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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