AV-C Dynamic Test Trends: May 2012-13

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Brandonn2010, Jun 18, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2011
    Posts:
    1,849
    Hello. This is NOT an official AV-C chart, just something I threw together based on the real-world detection rates from AV-C.

    I was interested in seeing how the different AVs have fared over time, rather than how they do on a single month.

    Some notes:

    - I apologize as having all these AVs on a single chart would make it impossible to tell which like is which, so I split it into 4 charts.
    - I also apologize for only doing some AVs; I didn't want to to it for all, so I just did the most significant ones, as many excluded used Bitdefender as an engine.
    - To account for user-dependence, I counted each % of user-dependence as .5% blocked.[/B]
    - I could not account for when a version change was made, so I can't tell the correlation between detection and a new version.
    - While not included, Fortinet is doing much better this year, several percentage points higher than in 2012.
    - I have too much time on my hands :D

    The trends seem to be:

    Avast! - Steadily improving
    AVG - Decreased but improving
    Avira - Fluctuating and declining
    Bitdefender - High and stable
    ESET - Declined sharply but vastly improving
    Kaspersky - High and slightly improving
    McAfee - Was low, vastly improved, now slightly declining
    Panda - Declined sharply, improved, now slightly declining
    Qihoo - High and slightly declining
    Trend Micro - Increased sharply, now high and stable
    Vipre - Declined sharply, improved sharply, declined again, now improving

    What I learned:

    - I was surprised how they don't tend to score similar to each other each month; the tend to do their own thing.
    - Impressed at how much McAfee has improved, which seemed to be the consensus here.
    - Bitdefender has not gone below 99% in at least a year!
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jun 18, 2013
  2. zerotox

    zerotox Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2009
    Posts:
    417
    Interesting! Thanks very much for taking time doing these charts!
     
  3. ooVoo

    ooVoo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2012
    Posts:
    67
    Location:
    CHINA
    good chart :thumb:
     
  4. Feandur

    Feandur Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2005
    Posts:
    401
    Location:
    Australia
    @ Brandonn2010... Truely well done sir!

    As one chart-ist to another, very good work indeed.

    -cheers,
    feandur
     
  5. Feandur

    Feandur Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2005
    Posts:
    401
    Location:
    Australia
    In a nut shell:

    The big 3, for the immediate future, now seem to be Kaspersky, BitDefender [=Emsisoft], and Trend Micro.

    For a free AV Avast continues to look promising if it keeps up the performance.

    -cheers,
    feandur
     
  6. guest

    guest Guest

    Bitdefender and Emsisoft is not equal
     
  7. zfactor

    zfactor Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2005
    Posts:
    6,012
    Location:
    on my zx10-r
    like that trend shows good each month now but i still would not use it far to heavy and slow imo. if i did not care at all about performance and any decent amount of options in the program right now it looks to be the one to beat. i hate that there are basically no options though. i will not use kaspersky anymore due to issues with the company as a former reseller. bitdefender is okay imo good detection only okay program without a true custom installer i hate all the "extras" installed without my permission. leaves me out of those three i guess lol.
     
  8. itman

    itman Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Posts:
    2,969
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    From what I can determine and I may be wrong but I do not believe AV Comparatives factors false positives in this test. This very well might explain Trend Micro and Avast's recent marked increase in test scores. Both these products have historically had high FP counts. Would be nice if AV-C would provide this info as a supplemental chart if indeed they are even testing for FPs. Any vendor can "crank up" the sensitivity on their scanners if FPs are not a consideration.
     
  9. Baserk

    Baserk Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2008
    Posts:
    1,317
    Location:
    AmstelodamUM
    Afaik they do test for false positives, not just downloaded files but wrongly blocked urls also.
    The FP results are combined with the detection scores into their 1-3 star award system but only in the 'real-world' test summary reports (like Aug-Nov 2013 PDF link) you can find the FP results.
    They also perform other FP tests, last one in Sept 2012. but those are separate from the real-world test results.
    Seems more useful to combine the two; drop the standalone FP tests and integrate them into the 'real-world' test; monthly detection and FP test results instead of a summary.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
  10. true indian

    true indian Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Posts:
    755
    Location:
    india
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.