Winners, Losers in AV Testing

Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 06:07 PM gHale

In terms of testing for enterprise antivirus products used in businesses, six products scored a perfect 100 percent, according to AV Test, the German lab that is the standard in malware testing.

On the other end of the spectrum, Microsoft’s malware protection software came in last place in the tests.

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AV Test’s most recent experiment brought 30,000 samples of malware against Windows 7 AV programs. It focused on Windows 7 due to its ubiquity; it has about 60 percent global market share, as XP withers away and Windows 8 fails to gain ground.

This was not a test of commercial antivirus products you find in stores. It was a test of enterprise endpoint security products used in businesses.

Overall, 11 products ended up tested, and six of them – Bitdefender, F-Secure, Trend Micro, Symantec, and two offerings from Kaspersky – achieved a 100 percent detection rate. The rest did no worse than 95 percent. Microsoft Security Essentials detected 73 percent on the real-world testing and 87 percent of the malware on the real-time test.

“An economical option for protecting a corporate network is the use of the endpoint module, bundled in the Microsoft Management Suite System Center 2012,” said Erik Heyland, director of the AV Test Testing Labs. “The test revealed, however, that this is not to be recommended. The solution was awarded 0 points by the testers in terms of its protection function, and it achieved only 11 out of 18 possible points.”

“The freeware Microsoft module is much too feeble in the detection of malware,” he said.

Microsoft has three products: Windows Defender, which comes with Windows 7 and 8; Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), which you can download; and the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), which focuses on specific and common forms of malware.