Antivirus test 2011

By on December 27, 2010
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How secure is your PC?

When it comes to a PC, let’s face it, every click brings us one step closer to some sort of random security breach. Whether it’s a Trojan, an actual virus, phishing link (for identity theft), spam or any other kind of spyware that can access our PC and send out precious information or make the PC inoperable, PC users always have to be on alert. The simple reason for this is that Windows based computers still hold the largest global market share compared to Macs or Linux based machines. Oh, and don’t kid yourself if you think the latter two are safe from any kind of intrusion; their user base is small enough not to warrant too much attention from hackers, otherwise they are just as vulnerable as regular PCs.

It comes as no surprise then that the Antivirus market has exploded in the last couple of years as each software manufacturer tries to come up with better security while hackers keep on coming with more intricate designs to penetrate said antivirus & firewall software. It’s an interesting cat & mouse game, but that’s not what I’m going to talk about today. As the New Year approaches, pretty much every antivirus developer has come up with the latest build of their security suite, so I’ll be looking at some of the software to see how good they really are.

In today’s test I’ll be looking at multiple aspects of the antivirus software to see not only how effective they are, but also how efficient they are at their job, all the while keeping things simple on surface for the average user to get by without getting overwhelmed with technical jargon that leads them to uninformed decisions.

It’s important to understand that the tests I have performed are not as comprehensive as av-comparatives because Tbreak is not a dedicated independent antivirus testing website with a whole team of testers on multiple PCs running virus tests in a closed off network. While av-comparatives do a more robust testing of the antivirus software in terms of effectiveness, I’ll be looking at the end-user experience and what they might encounter on a daily basis.

The Antivirus software tested in this article are:

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Comments
  • http://www.facebook.com/yfital Alon Fital

    Wondering why you didn’t test MSE

    i have switched from kaspersky KIS to it about a year ago when my license expired and haven’t looked back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508103726 Fausto Chavez

    no avg and no mse….fail article.

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  • Larry

    I agree. How can you not include the best av out there in your test? MSE.

  • Smeagol107

    personally I like Vipre-very fast and non intrusive

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  • Tommy

    I’m sorry but this article tests the AVs too briefly and superficially to make assumptions.
    It’s known that Avira Free has a higher virus detection rates than most (if not all) the freebies, and that’s pretty important when scanning for malware.
    I’ve already cleaned countless machines that had Avast! installed. Avira or MSE detected what Avast! hadn’t.

    • http://twitter.com/ajaffarali Abbas Jaffar Ali

      Thanks for your insightful comment Tommy- is there a website or a file that we can download from somewhere that we can use for future testing of anti-virus applications?

      • Tommy

        Try on eicar, although is pretty outdated. You should try with an infected machine, clone its HD and test with various AVs.

        Also, check this site:
        http://www.av-comparatives.org/

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  • SohanG

    I have to agree with most of the post right now. IMHO Avira is a far better AV than avast, I’ve been using it for a while now and I’ve been protected by it countless times.

  • Wkarls

    I use Vipre period

  • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

    Not using MSE was a result of a series of some seriously unfortunate events, it’ll be there next time for sure.

  • Dimatheone

    I use a regular at ESET. Their software is very easy. While in office we use Norton, I know a website that offers up to 60% off for security software. Over the past two years I buy from them.
    http://www.anti-virus4u.com/

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