Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The latest edition of Virus Bulletin magazine has described its recently published investigation of 43 anti-virus products on the Windows 7 platform their “biggest month of testing ever”, producing an exhaustive 27 page report examining the detection abilities of different security solutions.

Not only does the December 2009 edition of Virus Bulletin award Sophos Endpoint Security the prestigious VB100 award for detecting all the in-the-wild viruses without false alarming, but Sophos also achieved a perfect 100% score against worms, bots and polymorphic malware. This meant that Sophos outperformed a number of other products which failed to detect 100% of the viruses in the wild.

Even more impressive, from Sophos’s point of view, was Sophos’s performance in Virus Bulletin’s RAP (“Reactive and Proactive”) test,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.