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Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7
« on: December 03, 2009, 02:17:40 AM »


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Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7

December 3rd, 2009 by Graham Cluley, Sophos

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.

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Re: Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 07:16:35 AM »
It always makes me just a bit nervous when thinking that I should rely on some comparative analysis regarding antivirus products, when the comparison is done by an antivirus vendor.

Sophos no doubt, is a very good product but so is Avira, Avast, Kaspersky...ESET and a few others imho. No matter what the results are today, tomorrow everything changes as it always has. Competition makes for fuzzy math in those stats that each of them want to claim as their own.
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Re: Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 08:08:38 AM »
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It always makes me just a bit nervous when thinking that I should rely on some comparative analysis regarding antivirus products, when the comparison is done by an antivirus vendor.

Sophos no doubt, is a very good product but so is Avira, Avast, Kaspersky...ESET and a few others imho. No matter what the results are today, tomorrow everything changes as it always has. Competition makes for fuzzy math in those stats that each of them want to claim as their own.

I agree totally,

I use Avast and more importantly I trust Avast, It has never let me down to date and has blocked at least half a dozen attempts of infection on both Vista and W~indows 7.
Even with the FP issue that was reported over the last 12 hours, Avast held thier hands up and admitted they made a mistake and done every thing in there power to recify the problem even as far as releasing a update within 6 hours of the FP update and Howto's on how to repair any damage caused.

IMO it is down to user choice and what they feel comfortable using and trusting.
Some people find the blue box annoying but I like it as it tells me that its always there running and protecting my system.

One thing I did notice was that MS Security Essentials was rated highly, I really need to give this a go and see what its really like.
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Re: Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 09:01:14 AM »
MSE is very good...VERY good. I recommend it for novice users especially since it really does do everything necessary all on it's own. Low on resources, high on detection rate. Not bad for free...

Don't misunderstand, I don't pooh-pooh entirely most of these comparative analyses, I just take umbrage with the notion that the antivirus vendor who publishes one of these may think we all should just take their word for it lol...not-a-chance.

There will be more of these put out there now that Sophos has published one...and you can bet, the stats will be different for each one.

The best way to determine where to start really, is to pay attention to what is recommended most often on these various help forums...and I'm sure that's what most folks do. Of those recommended, test a couple for yourself to see if it meets your needs.

I've seen over the years that I've been doing this kind of work on help forums around the web, several big name vendors turn upside-down. Norton used to be the very best inmho, but that was ions ago it seems...back when Peter Norton still owned it. Not long after Symantec got a hold of it, the name Norton almost became similar to an Alarm or a warning of sorts. You know, "Oh, I see you have Symantec installed...there's your slow performance issue pal"...you know, something like that.

As things are today, all it takes is some personnel changes, layoffs, law suites  or what-have-you, and any one of the other big name vendors can also come onto some hard times of their own.

I'd say generally speaking, that one should never really have the feeling that all is well, and always will be. Any one of these applications can just one day take a left turn and ram head on into the wall. Keeping an eye on things no matter what your security situation is, is the best plan.
   
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Re: Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 10:20:02 AM »
Thats the thing, nothing is 100% impregnable, but with regular scans using your resident scanners and on demand scanners a savvy user with common sense can pretty much stay clean what ever AV/AS/FW set up they use, but then saying that someone could have a security setup like Fort Knox but without common sense and user caution its inevitable that they will sooner or later become infected.
Basically the most secure feature of a PC is a PC with a user displaying caution.

Thanks for the info on MSE though, I am deffently going to give it a try now,

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Re: Comparative test of anti-virus products on Windows 7
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009, 02:36:56 AM »
Yes, I agree.  A more balanced view would be nice. 
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