Which is the best anti-virus software?
It is a question that is often raised in the forum and discussions are often very lively.
Some believe that the best anti-virus are as below:
The list is much longer on other anti-virus, they represent only a sample of the best known in the computer market. But honestly speaking it is not possible for an individual to compare all anti-virus simply because lack of time and resources. It would need thousands of viruses to test the efficiency in the detection and elimination of malware. Let us take a look at their report to determine which to choose.
Testing of antivirus software for the detection of polymorphic viruses
Polymorphic malicious programs (also referred to as viruses) are completely capable of mutating with every new infection, generating multiple samples of themselves.
When scanning files on a computer using the traditional method, antivirus products search for specific traces of a virus - a signature. If the code of a virus that has been assigned a signature is modified, it will no longer be possible to detect it using that signature. A polymorphic virus is capable of performing such modifications to any of its parts.
As a rule, detecting polymorphic viruses makes use of a detection algorithm that is specially developed for each individual virus. The aim of this test is to assess the quality of the special algorithm function in various antivirus products.
Moreover, because polymorphic viruses are the most difficult viruses to detect, the ability to do so reflects the level of professionalism of an antivirus product's developers. They not only have to analyze the complex variants of the viruses but also develop a reliable procedure and methodology to ensure 100% detection rates.
The following is the test results:
Testing of antivirus / anti-rootkit software for the detection and removal of rootkits
It has become increasingly popular for virus writers to make use of rootkit technologies. The reason for this is obvious – they make it possible to hide malicious programs and their components from PC users and antivirus programs. Numerous source codes for ready-made rootkits can be found on the Internet, which inevitably leads to their widespread use in various Trojans or spy programs (spyware/adware, keyloggers, etc.).
There are numerous specialized anti-rootkit products available for the detection and removal of these types of malicious programs. Furthermore, many antivirus developers state that their products include a function to detect active rootkits. The aim of this test is to evaluate the ability of the most popular antivirus and anti-rootkit products to detect and remove malicious programs that use rootkit technologies and actively circulate over the Internet, as well as checking proactive detection capabilities to detect proof-of-concept rootkits hidden on a system.
It should be noted that although testing of malware samples is of real practical use, there is also a great deal of research value in ascertaining the capabilities of proactive detection when combating the hidden threat of rootkits.
Summary of anti-rootkit testing results:
Testing of proactive antivirus protection
The proactive methods of antivirus protection allows anti-virus software to combat malicious programs that have undergone changes and those that are as yet unknown. This development trend is the most promising on the market and almost every developer likes to emphasize just how good their proactive defense is.
The concept of proactive protection is, of course, extremely attractive: a virus hasn’t even appeared and already there is protection against it. But the question arises as to just how effective these technologies are. The results of the test make it possible to say how effective a heuristic analyzer is and in which antivirus product this component performs the best.
The following is the test results:
Testing of antiviruses for the treatment of active infections
The antivirus industry of today devotes much effort in preventing virus infections. Various proactive technologies are developed and tested, new threat response times decrease, and detection rates increase. At the same time, the rate at which new kinds of and modifications to malicious programs appear is also rapidly increasing. As a result, no antivirus vendor can guarantee 100% protection to users. Malware infections are still quite common, and very few Internet users have not dealt with a virus at least once.
To make matters worse, virus writers keep perfecting their software. Some malicious programs are very hard to remove from the computer, because they use various methods to mask their presence in the system (including via rootkits) and to avoid detection and removal by antivirus programs.
What can be done if a computer is infected? Will an existing antivirus product cope with the problem or will it be necessary to install a competitor’s product?
Most of the users will think in this manner and will continuously fetch for the solutions till the time they get rid of it.
The following is the test results:
Overall results of the self-protection test, Total points and % of maximum points
Lime = Excellent Safety; YellowGreen = Medium Safety; Orange = Less Safety; Red = Poor Safety
If we had to take a decision, anti-virus that I would choose is Kaspersky, because it is able to maintain its top position in almost all tests.
So, after seeing this, according to you which is the anti-virus software more reliable?
Kind of a silly question. Kind of like asking a mechanic "what wrench is the best?"
Best live email scanner?
Best manager of multiple email accounts?
Best live html scanner?
Best hard disk/registry/memory scanner?
Best recovery from infection?
Personally I think the best AV scanner for an infected machine is as follows
hijack log, Deckard's log of infected machine
at least five or six different AV scanners (or as many as fit on the CD), and today's updates for them
all the specialized tools you can find for stuff reported in the logs
download the software and compile the disk the day you need it
boot with it, and scan merrily away.
I'd bet on this disk against ANY single scanner ON the infected machine.
but this isn't a LIVE scanner by any means...
my "best" live scanner includes..
A hardware firewall/router
Firefox with NoScript and other anti-malware features
A high tolerance for clicking on "ok".
All remote-control and remote-administration Windows features disabled.
Browsing as rights-limited user
so for me the best live scanner is the one that best deals with what slips through my net, not necessarily the best one for an exposed, all-features-enabled WinXP machine on a high-speed fixed IP.
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