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Have the biggest players dropped the ball on AV Protection?

Posted May 10, 2011 by Kevin in Industry

Fort Lauderdale, FL ? May 10, 2011 ? The latest antivirus test figures for Windows 7 from AV-Test, the independent IT security institute, have been announced and BullGuard has proved itself as a top player among the internet security industry?s most recognized brands. BullGuard Internet Security 10 was tested and compared with the top 22 internet security suites, only 17 of which received an AV-Test certificate.

Thanks to the continual development of its state-of-the-art detection technology, BullGuard dominated protection tests, receiving 5.5/6.0 for overall protection against Malware including viruses, worms and Trojans.

The test results unveiled some shocking results from some of the industry?s most prominent brands. Microsoft Security Essentials dropped ten places from 11th to 21st, and McAfee is down even further from 7th place to 18th. Other names such as Panda, Symantec, and G-data also dropped ranking in the AV Test, and AVG, the former winner of the tests took a tumble down to 6th place.

In comparison, BullGuard has developed a carefully established, maximum security environment in its Internet Security 10 suite, with an innovative architecture based on layered defenses known as Behavioral Detection Technology. The layers include technologies such as web scanning, behavior blocking and traditional signature detection tools, which guarantee that any malicious code that gets through one layer will be caught by the next. BullGuard has added Behavioral Detection Technology as a component to traditional signature based and heuristic virus detection, which are the methods on which most of its competitors are still basing their detection.

?To understand BullGuard?s Dynamic Detection Testing results better, it is perhaps worth explaining the difference between heuristic detection and BullGuard?s unique Behavioral Detection. While the heuristic detection technology ? which some of our competitors see as the future of the security industry ? is the ability to detect mutations of already known viruses based on traditional signature detection, Behavioral Detection is an altogether different technology,? said Claus Villumsen, Internet Security Expert at BullGuard. ?The engine identifies viruses long before traditional detectors based on the virus? behavior. Consequently, instead of merely catching viruses once they?ve made their way to the virus signature database, Behavioral Detection identifies viruses which behave abnormally based on file, registry, process, and network events on the computer and shuts them off.?

AV-Test Labs, the independent test lab, published the results on April 15, 2011 at http://www.av-test.org. Twenty-two security products were reviewed in the test, including suites from all the major players in the market such as Kaspersky, PC Tools and Norton.


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