German com! magazine has tested and compared 10 free antivirus tools

Issue 10/2009 of the German com! magazine published a big comparative of 10 freeware antivirus tools. The testing was executed by www.av-test.org. The In-the-wild test included 3200 of the most spread malwares. For the testing of the specific malware categories, they have used about 480,000 unique malware samples.

The following programs were tested:

Avira Antivir Personal Free Antivirus 9.0
Antivirus Software BitDefender 10
Panda Cloud Antivirus Beta
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0
- Alwil Avast Antivirus Home 4.8
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5
Emsi Software a-squared Free 4.5
Comodo Internet Security 3.10
PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition 6.0
Clamwin Free Antivirus 0.95

The detection test results for a-squared Free:

– Wildlist-Malware on Demand: 100% detected – best in test!
- Worms: 99.99% detected – best in test!
– Backdoors: 99.98% detected – best in test!
– Bots: 99.81% detected – best in test!
– Trojans: 99.95% detected – best in test!
– 5 active nasties: 100% detected – best in test!
– Heuristic (1 week without updates): 63.56% detected – best in test!
– Heuristic (2 weeks without updates): 52.72% detected – number 2 in test
– Ad- and Spyware: 99.57% detected – best in test!

 

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