Virus Bulletin tests 35 antiviruses, 11 fail, including Symantec

By Matthew ยท 31 replies
Aug 12, 2009
  1. Virus Bulletin has released its August 2009 test results for Windows Vista SP2 Business. The company examined 35 anti-malware products and put them through their paces. In order to pass the basic requirements of the test, applications must detect all malware known to be \"In the Wild\" while not presenting any false positives. The products are tested in their default settings and must succeed in both on-demand and on-access detections.

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  2. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Symantec, in my experience, has always failed as an Antivirus. Everytime I have ever used it I have received loads of false positives. Not to mention, it is a major resource hog. Since I was told about Avast professional 3 years ago, I have refused to look back.

    I did an internal company review of Avast and convinced my enterprise level company to switch from McAfee to Avast as well. The switch reduced server workload and helped my IT department to increase productivity, and focus on other problems rather than chasing down user downloaded viruses and running daily spyware tests.
  3. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    What about Bitdefender....? Its not even tested? Why? Its one of the higher rather AVs...
  4. What EMSI A-Squared? I found it best, and I think it is Europe's highest-rated. Have found Norton to be the worst by far. Does gates own part of all of Norton?
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    @hamsteyr: I could be very wrong, but I am pretty sure that AV companies have to submit their product to be tested - in which case it would be BitDefender's fault for not being included ;).
  6. TBolt

    TBolt TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Thanks for the clarification there, Matt. I was wondering that (hamsteyr's comment) as well. I have used McAfee, Norton, and Symantec...all I would say did not fit the bill (especially McAfee...what total rubbish). I am currently using BitDefender and have been satisfied (although their customer support is weak and they pretty much have no support yet for Win7). On my Win7 machine I am using Avira (free) which also seems to be very good.
  7. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    This is why Norton had to be forced onto peoples PC's in the first place, they suck, they know it, they just hope you deal with it.

    Gee, and now its Opera's turn to play that game.
  8. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Some of the companies with a pass mark can be had in a free version. Not bad at all. The copies of Sophos that my company owns offers free home versions to employees. This can be a good deal. My ISP offers McAfee for free as well. I think that the days of paid for home anti-virus are numbered.

    Symantec: "But, we have awards showing that we used to be a good product!"

    From my past experience cleaning up friends and company computer systems, Symantec's is easily taken down by most viruses leaving a system vulnerable. And, as Wendig0 points out, Symantec is a resource hog as it takes over a system providing you this false feeling of security. I had thought that Endpoint would be their return, but they got lazy. And the new engine wasn't that impressive.
  9. I have been computing since 1997 and never had an AV installed on my system. Never had a issue as well. I almost never download softwares from unknown sites/users.
    Not saying my system is not protected, i use firefox with noscript and also run a freeware ProcessGuard to control all the processes running on my system.
    AV softwares are memory hogging and too intrusive. IMO these AV companies themselves make/spread viruses and threats to keep their business on the roll. I just dont trust them.

  10. Any feedback on Sophos?
  11. I am curious to see how free programs such as Avast fair in these tests
  12. i think it's atrocious that people believe that if they stick to "safe" sites that they will never have any problems!! HELLO - don't you know that sites can get hacked??!!! all it takes is one trojan embedded in the favicon of a site to compromise your system and you won't even know it. hmmm.... you don't have any A/V or A/M and you say you've never had a problem....... coincidence?? unless they want to destroy your system, they DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW! [/ranting_at_the_retards]
  13. I agree! I've been using the Residential (free) Avast! for several years and have had terrific success with it. It has even identified corrupt files!
  14. Leafgreen

    Leafgreen TS Rookie

    I've tested many AV and AM proggies. Symantec is a bad neighbor, not wanting to play fair with too many other proggies. I'm currently happy with Eset NOD32 Antivirus. And I got a good rebate on it through one of the stores at
    Hope that helps yous.
  15. Eset Nod32 for the win!!
  16. I use AVG, Ad-Aware, Spyboy Search & Destroy and ZoneAlarm, and this combination has worked fine for me ever since I got it. Memory hogging isn't a big concern of mine as I have a gaming rig, and thus plenty of performance.
  17. waqasr

    waqasr TS Rookie Posts: 20


    I fix computers on the side and been doing it for many years. I am not a
    novice computer user so please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    all the systems i have fixed had good AV installed so ....
    If you read my post carefully i have mentioned that i do protect my system
    with couple of softwares like NOScript on firefox and Process guard only to mention a few. I have couple of other softwares on there but not an AV.
    I don't reply on safe sites only.
  18. If you are really looking for something that will drastically reduce the workload on the servers even better then avast try Avira or Eset smart security 4. Extremely small footprints and rated the top two out of all in performance and reliability and detection. You will never even know that they are running.
  19. If you are really looking for something that will drastically reduce the workload on the servers even better then avast try Avira or Eset smart security 4. Extremely small footprints and rated the top two out of all in performance and reliability and detection. You will never even know that they are running.
  20. Says who?
  21. Well if you have a gaming rig ESET Smart Security 4 is the way to go as it was specifically designed for gamers with an extremely small footprint that wont tie up your resources and will do a better job then all of those together. Check it out

  22. As i always say and will stand by it always....You get what you pay for and if you want to be cheap and go with free product just remember that nothing in this world is free. You will pay for it some how some way some day. The free versions are nothing but watered down versions of the pay for versions. Your not getting the full package or total protection. Think about it.

    I have been a tech for about 10 years now and the systems i see the most that have issues with malicious software on them are ones running free AV. Not the ones who pay for and maintain there subscriptions.
  23. Really? A virus in a 16x16 image???

    Anways, avast rules, and its free.
  24. Now I have to disagree. I've been around for a bit myself and have worked on just as many that had paid AV as free. It's partially about the user too. If the user can't understand how to use an AV, then it doesn't matter if it's paid for or not. No AV is perfect. And just because you shell out good money doesn't mean you're getting a good program.
  25. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 443

    I couldn't agree more. I don't even use anti-spyware programs. And I never...wait, my computers Croatian masters need to use it so I have to go now.
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