We know about AV-Comparatives, is there a AS-Comparatives?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by ejr, Dec 6, 2006.

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  1. ejr

    ejr Registered Member

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    AV-Comparatives provides excellent information regarding various Anti-virus products. Does anything remotely similar exist for antispyware products?

    I would love to see an objective, neutral party test products like Spysweeper, Spyware Doctor, Counterspy, Pest Patrol, Windows Defender, Adaware Professional, Spybot, etc.

    It would be very interesting to see the percentage of various spyware that these products detect and remove.
     
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    Interesting link, thank you!

    I emailed the people at that site to see if they would consider publishing one more piece of onformation with their results. As many people use more than one antispyware product, it would be interesting to see which combination of 2 products provides the best removal rate.
     
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    He was suppose to publish a report today on antivirus tests. I see it got delayed a week. Dont you just hate that.
     
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    Thanks for the link. It's refreshing to see an Antispyware comparison that is more concerned with detection & removal success rates than how many cute features a program has.
     
  6. JerryM

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    When I see that AVG has over a 92% detection rate and NOD, which I do not use, has less than 50% I just reject the test.

    Best,
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    Hello,
    Do you buy a car based on an ad or a 'comparative' somewhere?
    If so, go with the flow. Otherwise, test it for yourself.
    Mrk
     
  8. Frank the Perv

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    Uh, most of us don't have the expertise or resources to "test it yourself."

    That's sort of why many of us are here.
     
  9. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,

    You don't need expertise to test. That's the whole idea. If you can't manage it, stay away from it.

    As to resources, free choices available: shadowsurfer, vmware player, vmware server. And apparently, altiris virtualization can also be used - haven't had much experience with it, though.

    Don't go by the comparatives, a simple question or a poll in Wilders is worth 10 comparatives.

    Mrk
     
  10. ejr

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    I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the test results. Rememder, AVG (ewido) is a designated antispyware program and NOD32 is an AV that also catches some spyware. I would expect a program designed only to catch spyware to detect more spyware than an antivirus product.
     
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    They were testing the AVG suite in the AV section; this has ewido integrated with it. Since AVG had a weakness with some trojan detection and ewido specialised in this area, it is possible that the combination of AVG plus ewido has resulted in marked improvement in detection for the suite overall.
     
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    I think you might be correct there. However, for other top tiered AVs to show such low detection rates makes me believe the test is not worth considering.

    I do think that comparative tests are good for most of us. To think that very many, even here, have the facilities and expertise to do our own tests has little logical basis.

    Jerry
     
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    Why not? That AS test was only an entry cleaning test, not measuring detection rates.

    Antivirus test is an other issue, which may be at least questionable, but I believe that the biggest differencies to other tests caused by too many ad-/spyware samples and/or not tweaking the best possible settings in those av:s.

    Best regards,
    Firefighter!
     
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    OK! But now you were referring the av test. This tester is more familiar to test entry cleanings of spywares.

    Best regards,
    Firefighter!
     
  17. rdsu

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    If they aren't trustfull for one thing, why should I trust them for others?
     
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    Zonelabs and COMODO are very good to produce firewalls, still they produce AntiViruses! :D Vice versa, very many AV-vendors are making Suites, when almost every case it's the Firewall that sucks. ;)

    Best regards,
    Firefighter!
     
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