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.