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    AV comparatives in an Austrian outfit that runs independent tests on the major AV solutions. Don't know exactly how impartial they are as a testing outfit, but I find them to be a good read nonetheless. Their final score is a combination of detection rates and false positive rates, so YMMV on what the results mean depending on how important FP's are to you.

    The new February Set B test is out (well, has been out for a bit), comparing detection rates and False Positive rates of every major paid anti-virus solution.

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/compa...ews/main-tests

    You can see the test results by opening the PDF on that page. I'd direct-link the file but they specifically ask no to.

    Set B test is on new viruses, created between may '08 and feb '09. Worth noting that all programs maintained a 97%+ detection rate for infections older than may '08 (Set A)

    They also have a summary of their results going back to 2006 here: http://www.av-comparatives.org/compa...ummary-reports
    Last edited by Spyder; 03-31-2009, 11:36 AM. Reason: Made link easier to follow, added summary link.
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    Notable for its absence is ClamAV, which I use on my server to scan all incoming mail.
    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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      Re: AV Comparatives

      Glad I've stuck with Avast. :) 98.2% is pretty nice compared to what other programs got within their testing. And only around 2% of missed samples too. Unfortunately, Avast still seems to have lot of false positives.

      Their testing platform shows Avast as being the third fastest when it comes to scanning with AVG somewhere on the bottom.
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        Re: AV Comparatives

        Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
        Notable for its absence is ClamAV, which I use on my server to scan all incoming mail.
        Fairly certain that they only do comparisons of pay-for-usage AV products, along the lines of a consumer report.
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          Re: AV Comparatives

          Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
          Notable for its absence is ClamAV, which I use on my server to scan all incoming mail.
          Hey, that's the same one cPanel uses to scan all of it's incoming mail too. At least I have it on the three web servers that I have running cPanel.
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            Re: AV Comparatives

            Originally posted by Spyder View Post
            Fairly certain that they only do comparisons of pay-for-usage AV products, along the lines of a consumer report.
            Which is why suits avoid open source. If the product doesn't get included in comparisons, how would anyone know that it might be superior? (I'm not saying it beats all those in the contest, but I'll bet it's not at the bottom.)

            Mind you, Clam isn't a "realtime" scanner for the desktop, but rather a filter that you can install in the path of other software, notably inbound mail. I've not set up a web proxy (like Squid) but it might be something you could set up there to filter web pages, the other notable infection vector.
            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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