Anti Virus Vendors agree to … agree? WTF?

Understanding which AV package provides the best level of total protection isn’t easy. Products from Symantec (Norton Antivirus) and McAfee are virtually ubiquitous, but there are a dozen or more smaller players in the market, all of which advertise themselves as being the best solution for total antivirus protection. Since each company creates its own benchmarks and comparisons, though, it’s virtually impossible for an end user to compare one product against another. AV manufacturers are aware of this problem, and are working collectively towards a solution. As PC World reports, many of the larger players in the AV market met in Seoul last week to form the Anti-Malware Testing Working Group. The new group will be tasked with creating a set of software benchmarks that can conduct behavioral tests on multiple suites of security software.

Currently, most comparative AV tests are signature-based. This type of test is analogous to what occurs when an antivirus product runs a hard drive scan—virus files with various signatures are scattered throughout the data set that’s being checked and each product is rated on how many of those various files it managed to detect. Behavioral scans, on the other hand, are meant to replicate how a PC typically encounters malware, and they model a wide variety of scenarios from email virus detection to page redirects. (link)


3 Responses to “Anti Virus Vendors agree to … agree? WTF?”

  1. 1 Doug Woodall December 6, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Well, you know they only have our best interests at heart.
    Notice that only the larger players met. Nothing will be accomplished until all providers meet and agree on a standard.

  2. 2 jtsmyth8 December 6, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Honestly, this is somewhat of a concern. What would make the biggest competitors unite? Could this be a sign that the virus and malware creators are winning the fight? I’m keeping my anti-virus updated anyways. Thanks for you comment. JT

  3. 3 blockvirus January 10, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Thank for your information.

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