Sophos wins VB100 in Windows XP SP3 comparative anti-virus test

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The latest edition of Virus Bulletin magazine includes a comparative test of an eye-watering 69 different anti-virus products, exploring their ability to reliably detect malware on the Windows XP SP3 platform.

Just as with the tests that Virus Bulletin conducts on other operating system platforms, the VB100 title is only awarded if a product is capable of detecting all in-the-wild viruses in both on-demand and on-access modes without suffering from any false positives.

Sophos performed well in the tests, outperforming some of the products from competing firms, and was awarded the VB100 title by detecting 100% of the viruses in Virus Bulletin’s “in-the-wild” collection and not having any false alarms.

Virus Bulletin praised Sophos’s low resource consumption, speed of scanning and solid detection rates, and commented on our history of doing well in such tests:

“The core certification tests proved no problem, and Sophos comfortably earns another VB100 award. The…

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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.

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