Failed Antivirus




I think the image above that I put together sums things up quite well. Virus Bulletin did another “in the wild” test to see how many of the best antivirus solutions available would be able to catch every known virus they threw at it. Normally out of the 30+ apps that are tested 5 or 6 of them fail, but this time around over 50% of them came up short.

I know I know, there are a lot of no name antivirus programs out there that are seemingly doomed to failure, but some of the most widely used programs couldn’t even get things right. The complete list of failed programs is below, but among them are Avast!, AntiVir, Kaspersky, Norman, Sophos, and Trend Micro. All big names that couldn’t even identify viruses the entire world knows about. *sigh* It’s not like they created their own viruses just for the test.

Here are the results of the test, which were all done on a Windows 2000 machine:

Antivirus Applications that Failed VB100:

  1. AEC Trustport Antivirus – 7 misses
  2. Avast! – 2 false positives
  3. Avira AntiVir – 4 false positives
  4. CA Antivirus – 40 misses
  5. Doctor Web – 22 misses and 4 false positives
  6. Fortinet Forticlient – 4 misses
  7. Frisk F-PROT
  8. Ikarus Virus Utilities – 18 misses and 26 false positives
  9. Iolo Antivirus – 66 misses
  10. Kaspersky Anti-Virus – 1 miss
  11. Kingsoft AntiVirus – 120 misses
  12. Norman Virus Control – 14 misses and 6 false positives
  13. PCTools Spyware Doctor – 2 false positives
  14. Redstone Redprotect – 2 misses
  15. Rising Antivirus – 3 misses and 3 false positives
  16. Sophos Anti-Virus – 8 misses
  17. Trend Micro – 4 misses

Antivirus Applications that Passed VB100:

  1. Agnitum Outpost
  2. BitDefender AntiVirus
  3. Bullguard
  4. CA eTrust
  5. ESET NOD32
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  6. F-Secure Anti-Virus 2008
  7. GDATA Anti-virus
  8. Grisoft AVG
  9. McAfee VirusScan
  10. Microsoft Forefront
  11. MWTI eScan
  12. PCTools Anti-Virus
  13. Quick Heal
  14. Symantec
  15. VirusBuster

Looking back through the history of the VB100 awards ESET NOD32 has one of the best track records with 47 successful tests and only 3 failures (not counting the ones that have only been tested a handful of times). Here are some of the stats for the antivirus applications that have been tested over 40 times:

  • Avast! – 24 successes and 20 failures (55% success)
  • CA eTrust – 32 successes and 13 failures (71% success)
  • Doctor Web – 25 successes and 22 failures (53% success)
  • ESET NOD32 – 47 successes and 3 failures (94% success)
  • F-Secure – 27 successes and 13 failures (68% success)
  • Grisoft – 19 successes and 22 failures (46% success)
  • Kaspersky – 40 successes and 15 failures (73% success)
  • McAfee – 34 successes and 19 failures (64% success)
  • Norman – 38 successes and 14 failures (73% success)
  • Sophos – 39 successes and 14 failures (74% success)
  • Symantec – 41 successes and 6 failures (87% success)

So it looks like from the VB100 tests that ESET NOD32 and Symantec are the best performers when it comes to catching viruses that are already in the wild!

[via PC World]
Thanks for the tip CoryC!