Please remember that these “Results” might not always be right… I’ve seen AVG have 98% detection and then 89% and the same with a few others. I know each virus “test” is different but personally I do not trust any of them.
I find those anti-virus tests quite funny. Why? The tests are performed on Virtual Machines and few malware can bypass VM’s “tricks”, so that they infect them. Also, malware developers have no interest (at the moment) to develop malware that infects VM’s. Why? Because we can ditch them. Their intent is to do evil at a larger scale and few people use VM’s.
Meaning that the infections on such tests are not really infections, rather binary files they place on the VM’s before they install the anti-something solutions.
In a real system, if such tests were performed, they wouldn’t be able to test the anti-something solutions in most cases. Why? Many viruses make it impossible for you to install anything, including anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. So, those tests do not reflect real infections.
Besides we do not want the highest DETECTION. We want the highest PREVENTION. And here CFP with Defense+ make one hell of a difference.
Its very hard to rate CAVS3 because it does not exist yet, but I am willing to wait, and maybe willing to wait after the release because I am guessing it will need some real world post beta testing before it finally starts being really competitive.
And given the fact that AV’s are tested using different testing methods and criteria by a large number of fairly
unbiased organizations, I take any test result with a grain of salt.
But the testing thing that somewhat bothers me most, is the lose focus factor in our expectations. I somewhat expect the job of a AV is to protect me from Viruses and trojans, there are some 5.5 million of those already and a heaping full plate as it is, but when we also expect them to also do the full range of malware, it may be an impossibly large job no one can do. So when a AV rating is largely based on the AV’s ability to do general malware, I have to view those test results with a dubious value eye.
And that also why I have other anti spyware programs on my computer to help my AV and comodo3. And for that full range of non virus and non trojan malware, I rely on non AV antispyware programs to do their job.
Yeah, I did that when I was using CAVS2. I decided to just leave it alone though, I shouldn’t anger Windows XP. I think people know how Windows can get :p. Might backfire and my system will commit suicide or something. (:TNG)