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Windows 7: Antivirus tests need better methodology


25 Jan 2013   #1
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Antivirus tests need better methodology

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Antivirus assessment studies may lack the right methodology to determine how effective antivirus products are, but vendors still need to take them seriously as they are key to branding.

According to Simon Piff, associate vice president of enterprise infrastructure and research at IDC Asia-Pacific, an effective antivirus is able to catch all types of malware, not just a sample of malware.

However, the test's selection process will always affect the results since it is no longer "all the malware in the universe", but a "representative sample", which is unable to fully reflect the universe of malware accurately, he explained.

Most tests too, do not have an accurate methodology in measuring the effectiveness of antiviruses, Peter Stelzhammer, vice chairman of testing firm AV-Comparatives, added. The most accurate test of antivirus efficiency is passing it through a real-life scenario with a statistically valid number of test cases, he noted.

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Antivirus tests need better methodology | ZDNet

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25 Jan 2013   #2

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Maybe I'm missing something, but I've wondered how/why the different AV testing organizations seem to use different testing platforms to evaluate the same AV product. Virus Bulletin may do their test of "ABC" using a computer running XP/SP3 and IE7, while AV-Comparatives tests "ABC" on a Vista machine, and AV-Test uses Windows 7/SP1 with IE9 to test "ABC".

I suppose it could be argued that "ABC" should be able to detect malware equally effectively on any platform, but to me, this methodology doesn't pass the stink test. Perhaps the desire for better methodology will include some form of standardization by the various testing organizations.
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25 Jan 2013   #3

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I thought standardization was one of the crucial elements for conducting any form of test or experiment?

Anyhow, we know that multiple protection strategies will be needed regardless, and we can't just rely on one particular kind of program.
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06 Feb 2013   #4

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If a testing agency wants product AAA to float to the top they will use test that do just that. Make it float to the top.
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