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Highly Rated Antivirus in 2009 – Avira Antivirus

Posted by jimstech on November 23, 2009

Avira AntiVir 9:

Avira AntiVir Personal – FREE Antivirus is a reliable free antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc. Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system and reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected.

Independent testing body AV-Test.org has released the results of a major comparative of suite products, with many vendors’ 2009 editions included in the results. The test covers a range of metrics, including detection rates over various types of malware including adware and spyware, false positive rates, scanning speed, proactive detection, and response times to outbreaks.

In terms of pure detection rates in on-demand scanning, a beta version of GDATA’s AVK 2009 topped the charts for both ‘malware’ (measured against 1,164,662 samples) and ‘ad- and spyware’ (94,291 samples), with Avira’s Premium Security Suite 2008 a close runner-up in the former category and F-Secure 2009 placing second in the latter. Secure Computing’s Webwasher gateway product, based on the Avira engine with some in-house heuristics, came third in both categories.

Other areas analysed were scored on a five-point scale from very good to very poor. ‘Proactive’ protection included scanning of files discovered after the freezing of products, and executing unrecognised malware to test behavioural protection. Products rating ‘good’ or better in every category include Avira’s premium suite (the popular free version has less complete spyware detection), AVK 2009, F-Secure’s 2009 suite, Symantec’s Norton I.S. 2009  and Sophos’s Security Suite 2.5. All products taking part in the test managed to achieve a ‘good’ or better in at least one category.

The test also included keeping a record of the number of updates released over a four-week period. Of course, these numbers on their own cannot be used to measure the quality of the products involved, but were recorded out of interest. The most interesting data to emerge from this measurement was that the 2009 version of Norton topped the table with an impressive 6,202 incremental micro-updates, issued several times per hour, while Kaspersky came a distant second with a mere 696. Half of the 34 products tested had fewer than 100, including those from McAfee (21) and Trend Micro (30).

A summary of the major areas tested is printed below; hover over the product names to see full version information.

Product malware on demand adware / spyware on demand false positives scan speed proactive detection response times malware on demand adware / spyware on demand
AntiVir (Avira) ++ ++ (4) + ++ + ++ 99.8% 99.0%
Avast! (Alwil) ++ ++ + + o o 99.3% 98.3%
AVG + – (4) + + o o 95.8% 87.0%
AVK 2008 (G Data) (1) ++ ++ o + ++ 99.2% 99.1%
AVK 2009 (G Data) (2) ++ ++ + + ++ ++ 99.8% 99.8%
BitDefender 2008 + + ++ + 97.7% 87.8%
BitDefender 2009 + + o ++ + 97.6% 88.0%
CA-AV (VET) ++ o 65.5% 68.0%
ClamAV o ++ 88.5% 92.8%
Dr Web o o + o 84.9% 89.6%
eScan + + o + ++ 97.8% 97.4%
Fortinet-GW o o + ++ + 92.6% 81.9%
F-Prot (Frisk) o o + + o o 94.8% 92.6%
F-Secure 2008 ++ ++ + o ++ + 98.2% 98.4%
F-Secure 2009 ++ ++ + + ++ ++ 99.2% 99.6%
Ikarus ++ ++ o + + + 99.5% 98.6%
K7 Computing o o o ++ o 92.1% 94.0%
Kaspersky ++ ++ o o + ++ 98.4% 98.3%
McAfee o o ++ o + 93.6% 94.5%
Microsoft + + ++ o 97.7% 97.1%
Nod32 (Eset) o o ++ ++ ++ + 94.4% 94.7%
Norman + + + o + o 96.3% 95.8%
Norton 2008 (Symantec) + o ++ + + o 97.8% 94.6%
Norton 2009 (Symantec) ++ + ++ ++ + ++ 98.7% 95.4%
Panda 2008 o + + ++ o 86.4% 93.4%
Panda 2009 o + + + ++ + 91.8% 95.6%
Rising + o o o 83.4% 77.5%
Sophos + + + + ++ + 97.5% 95.0%
Trend Micro o + + o + 91.3% 88.5%
TrustPort ++ ++ ++ ++ 99.5% 98.4%
VBA32 o o o + o 90.5% 85.2%
VirusBuster + + o o 89.0% 85.8%
WebWasher-GW (3) ++ ++ o ++ ++ ++ 99.7% 99.2%
ZoneAlarm + + o o + ++ 97.8% 97.7%
Index malware on demand adware / spyware on demand false positives scan speed proactive detection response times malware on demand adware / spyware on demand
++ >98% >98% no FP < 2 h
+ >95% >95% 1-2 FP 2 – 4 h
o >90% >90% 3-4 FP 4 – 6 h
>85% >85% 5-6 FP 6 – 8 h
<85% <85% > 6 FP > 8 h

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