Results of McAfee-sponsored West Coast Labs anti-virus test

Graham Cluley

Allow me to blow Sophos’s trumpet for just one second, in a rather cheeky way, by talking about a recently published anti-virus test.

This malware detection test is a bit different from others – as it was sponsored by one of our competitors, and shows some interesting results.

Our friends at McAfee commissioned respected testing body West Coast Labs to run a comparative test of various anti-virus products against a new version of their own McAfee VirusScan product “with Artemis technology”.

Products tested besides McAfee included solutions from such illustrious names as ESET, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and others.

The report explains how West Coast Labs evaluated the performance of the different anti-malware products, and that they used viruses, Trojan horses and spyware from their own collection as well as supplementing it with over 100,000 pieces of…

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.