Malware Protection Test March 2017

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We released our newly introduced Malware Protection Test. It assesses a security program’s ability to protect a system against infection by malicious files; what is unique about this test is that in addition to checking detection in scans, it additionally assesses each program’s last line of defence. Any samples that have not been detected e.g. on-access are executed on the test system, with Internet/cloud access available, to allow features such as behavioural protection to come into play. A false alarm test is also included.

You can find additional information in the following two blog posts:

Introducing AV-Comparatives’ Malware Protection Test
Sample quality for the Malware Protection Test

 

Security Survey 2017

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We conducted our annual survey to improve our service to the end-user community. Respondents were asked for their opinions on various topics related to anti-virus software testing and anti-virus software in general.

The report of our latest annual security survey is now available here!

“Next-Gen” Security Test/Review and Business Security Test 2016

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“Next Generation” describes security products that work on a different principle from traditional antivirus software. Some “NextGen” products may only provide logging and analysis of threats (useful for incident response), rather than actually protecting against them. In some cases, protection features are deactivated by default and have to be enabled and configured by the administrator before they can be used.

This report marks the first time AV-Comparatives has tested and included next-generation security products in a public comparative test report. We had reached out several leading vendors in this space, requesting their participation in the test. Unfortunately, a number of vendors refused to participate in this independent evaluation. Since their products could not be included in this public report, we are unable to approve them as valuable next-generation security products. We look forward to their future participation in independent tests.

In parallel to the next-gen test, we also evaluated the security provided by some “traditional” business security products. Please find the reports here: http://www.av-comparatives.org/corporate-reviews/
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