“A NUMBER of the most common anti-virus security systems have had a beady eye passed over their effectiveness and fitness for purpose in an assessment.
The study, which was carried out by the Austrian AV Comparatives group, looked at twenty products from the main providers that volunteered to take part.
We do not know who if anyone refused, but AV Comparatives said that it had limited test subjects to no more than twenty and required that participants adhered to its undisclosed criteria.”
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Source: The Inquirer
The Inquirer has linked to a pdf that displays the results of AV Comparatives tests on 20 different antivirus programs, both paid and free. They did a serious amount of attacking with various forms of malware to see how effective these programs were at properly defending a system from being compromised. They did not limit the testing to simple protection, several antivirus programs received lower scores from the high amount of false positives generated. Check out the results and see how your favourite AV program fared.