Category Archives: Comparisons
In 2013 the independent antivirus testing agency MRG-Effitas is continuing their Flash test series. It is now known as MRG Effitas Real Time Protection Testing Project and the main difference is the greatly increased number of malware samples and higher testing frequency. 50 unique and dangerous malware samples are used every week.
A total of 17 well known security applications were tested on Windows 7 32bit in the first quarter of 2013. All test samples represent current zero day threats. The largest malware categories included in the test were trojans and financial malware, followed by ransomware, PUA (Potentially Unwanted Applications) and rootkits.
As one of only three programs to finish the test with a clean sheet, Emsisoft Anti-Malware was able to protect against every one of the 585 samples used.
If you are looking for the best possible real time protection, take a look at the test winner and download the free trial version.
Source: Complete test report (PDF)
Posted on June 6th, 2013
Virus Bulletin has recently published the results of their April 2013 test. Windows XP was selected as the test platform, as according to Virus Bulletin a lot of people still use this operating system. A total of 45 security programs had to prove their protection ability against approximately 20,000 malware samples (per week).
The test results for Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0 were once again outstanding: 100% detection of all standard and extended WildList samples and no false positives at all. Therefore Emsisoft Anti-Malware was awarded with the VB100 award for April 2013. Together with achieving 100% detection in the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Test, this is the second major victory for Emsisoft within a few weeks.
Posted on May 5th, 2013
Emsisoft Anti-Malware achieves a perfect score of 100% in the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Test
Almost 10 years after their founding, Emsisoft has reached an important milestone. The renowned Austrian antivirus testing organization AV-Comparatives published the first real-world protection test in its 2013 test series.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware celebrated its test debut with a perfect score – 100% infections prevented!
The test included 422 live samples obtained by accessing websites that point to malware or use exploits to infect, as well as malicious email attachments. This provides a good overview of the typical everyday risks that users may face.
For its outstanding scanner performance in the File Detection Test Emsisoft Anti-Malware attained “ADVANCED” level certification:
The software faced a number of low prevalence false positives, which is expected for an initial test and should change in upcoming tests.
Try the masterpiece now and experience the benefits yourself: Download Emsisoft Anti-Malware
Posted on April 12th, 2013
A few days ago, the famous Russian web portal COMSS published their January 2013 antivirus test results. With a total of 46 participants this is one of the most comprehensive reviews we have seen in a while. Microsoft’s Windows 8 32-bit was used as the testing platform and the programs had to prove their efficiency in the following categories: overall detection, simulation tests, protection at start, anti-phishing and performance.
Amongst this tough field of competitors, Emsisoft Internet Security Pack was able to demonstrate why it offers the best possible protection and why no computer should be without it. With a final score of 8.8 and an incredible detection rate, the security solution took first place ahead of Avira Internet Security 2013 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013. Try the anti-virus test winner now and experience its first-class technology and easy-to-use GUI.
The following products took the first 10 places:
- 1) Emsisoft Internet Security Pack 7.0 – 99,7% detection, score 8.8
- 2) Avira Internet Security 2013 – 99,7% detection, score 8.2
- 3) Avira Free Antivirus 2013 – 99,6% detection, score 8
- 4) Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 – 99,5% detection, score 7.9
- 5) Avast! Antivirus Free 7.0 – 98.8% detection, score 7.8
- 6) G Data InternetSecurity 2013 – 99,9% detection, score 7.7
- 7) TrustPort Internet Security 2013 – detection 99,6%, score 7.7
- 8) Bitdefender Windows 8 Security – detection 99,0%, score 7.5
- 9) Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 – detection 99,0%, score 7.5
- 10) McAfee Internet Security 2013 – detection 98,7%, score 7.4
The complete test can be found here: Global COMSS.TV antivirus test: January 2013
(English by Google Translate)
Posted on March 5th, 2013
The independent IT security research organisation MRG-Effitas completed their Flash Test Series by the end of 2012. A total of 350 samples no older than 1 hour were used, with the test subjects having to prove whether they were capable of blocking brand new so-called zero-day-threats. In a second phase, the time in the wild was extended to 6 hours to see how the vendors reacted over a longer time frame. 18 different security applications participated in this test series.
Only 3 out of the 18 programs were able to block 100% of all samples being used. Amongst them: Emsisoft Anti-Malware, keeping a clean sheet and proving its effectiveness against any kind of malicious software.
Posted on January 9th, 2013
A detailed study conducted by the data security company Imperva has now shown that the vast majority of Anti-Virus solutions fail to detect new malware. The initial detection rate of a newly created virus is less than 5% with only Avast and Emsisoft providing reliable protection out of 40 vendors.
Even more alarming, is the fact that more than 75% of all security programs took up to a month or longer to add these threats to their signature lists. This means that users of the most common and well known Anti-Virus suites are left completely unprotected, with their computers providing an easy target for hackers.
Imperva used 82 different samples for this study, collected by honeypots, Google search and hacker forums. Vendor detection was verified by an upload to VirusTotal, so all scan engines were up-to-date and able to check the file simultaneously. Conclusion: Reliable real-time protection is more important than ever. Over recent years, Emsisoft has proven an excellent detection rate of both known and unknown malware.
Posted on January 6th, 2013
For the final time in 2012 Virus Bulletin has published the results of their eminently respectable test series. The review is based on Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8 Pro using 700,000 files belonging to normal programs and about 20,000 malicious samples no older than three weeks. 33 different security programs had to prove their detection rates without causing false positives.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0 detected 100% of all samples in the standard and the extended wildlist with both the on-demand and on-access scan! This is a perfect result, especially given the fact that not a single false positive occurred.
Therefore the Austrian-based program achieved the VB100 award, one of the most important honors in the world of security software.
The overall result for 2012 is very good for Emsisoft too, as you can see in the RAP chart below. The y-axis represents reactive detection, meaning new samples no older than 3 weeks. This is an indicator of how quickly a vendor creates new signatures. Proactive detection on the x-axis represents the amount of malware that is detected after 1 week without signature updates.
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More information about the test procedure: Virus Bulletin website
Posted on December 20th, 2012
MRG Effitas has recently continued their test series using single zero day / early life malware samples. This ongoing series helps to assess how security solutions react to new and unknown threats. The longer the test period, the more meaningful the result – so every update is quite interesting. A total of 20 security programs has been tested so far.
The latest tests were based on a fully updated Windows 7 32 bit Ultimate virtual machine, with each candidate of course being tested on a separate VM. Samples came directly from MRG honeypots and were then uploaded to a certain URL so that they could be downloaded to the VM by using Internet Explorer.
Once again Emsisoft Anti-Malware was able to prove its great detection rate against brand new malware. It is also very interesting that well established programs like AVG Antivirus or Avira Antivir Premium show strong weaknesses in detecting current threats. You can find the full test results here.
Posted on November 23rd, 2012
Internet portal Softpedia has conducted the very first review of Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0. They used 99,298 different malware samples to test both detection and cleaning abilities of Emsisoft’s tool against cyberthreats of all kind.
The final statement of Softpedia: “The price is very reasonable and the detection rate continues to be one of the best we’ve seen compared to other security bundles we have tested.” Therefore Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0 achieved the “Excellent” rating which is the highest possible.” The whole review can be found here.
Posted on September 22nd, 2012
MRG Effitas is a UK based, independent IT security research organisation which organizes an ongoing so called flash tests series. The purpose is to assess how security applications react to zero day threats. This is very useful as new malware usually spreads the most within one week of its release.
Since June 29th, 18 different security programs had to compete with a total of 120 brand new samples. Only three of the probands were able to show a clean sheet with a detection rate of 100% – first of all Emsisoft Anti-Malware with the strong combination of a dual-engine signature scan and behavior analysis.
The complete test can be found here: Average detection rate in MRG Effitas Flash Test Project 201.
Posted on August 15th, 2012