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Windows 7: New AntiVirus Test Results Declares Best and Worst AntiMalwares

29 Sep 2011   #1

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New AntiVirus Test Results Declares Best and Worst AntiMalwares

At this time of the year, almost every security software vendor has released their new line of security products for 2012. Most of them are claiming the crown: highest detection rate of Malwares, low false positives, speedy scans, zero-hour threat detection and removal, low resource consuming, easy navigation, bla bla bla. There is always one thing clear, how big the claim is, current and previous performances will not have much difference. The famous AntiVirus testing company has published its test results for 20 different AntiVirus vendors. The test has three levels: Standard, Advanced and Advanced+.

This new test from AV-Comparative has had freeware AntiViruses as well as shareware. Freeware AntiViruses which were tested are Avast Free AntiVirus, Avira AntiVir Personal, AVG Free AntiVirus and Panda Cloud AV. These freeware have scored well and, if we consider, their performance seems like slap for costly shareware like Norton, McAfee, etc. Avast Free AntiVirus, Avira AntiVir Personal and Panda Cloud AV scored Advanced+ and AVG Free AntiVirus stood at Advanced.

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29 Sep 2011   #2

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I am upset to see that malwarebytes was not included.

...and from glancing at the conditions they gave a couple of them 'the benefit of the doubt'
in the false positive arena.
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29 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

So much for all of the MSE recommendations on this forum!!
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30 Sep 2011   #4

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Actually it ranked pretty well, just slow.
I would rather have slow scans than bsod's personally, but that's what it is a personal preference.

I don't get viruses, I haven't personally had a virus on a machine that only I use in memory. So it's all rather moot to me as I don't even run and active AV. ...just scan now and then to be safe, it seems like a waste of time at this point to be honest.

My suggestion is always MSE with MBAM btw.

The sad truth is I have seen all the major av's as the source for many problems in my time here as a bsod reader as well.
It doesn't really matter how safe you are from viruses if your machine won't even boot properly.
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30 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Glad to see that as usual Avast scored high....I have been running it for over 4 years and have yet to have a virus get past it. The funny part is that I found out about this product due to standing up a Windows Home Server about 4-5 years ago and at the time it was the only AV that worked with this product....I have to say that I have not been sorry that I turned to Avast for my security needs and always recommend/install Avast on machines that I use, build, service, or fix/maintain. The piddly issue of registration is a no brainer and when yearly re-register occurs it takes about 1 minute to renew without even leaving the AV interface on the PC.

Prior to this great experience I had the misfortune to have been running Norton AV 2005 (what a pig....never again) and ran McAfee for about 1 year when comcast was providing it free....I was not unhappy with McAfee but then Comcast dropped McAfee and I needed to find a solution that included Windows Home Server which as I said lead me to Avast and I have never looked back. Great product.

It is also, the last time I checked, the only AV that Microsoft MSE will co-exist with on the same machine (both running at the same time) for those who are more paranoid than normal behind their firewall routers.
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