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I've been out of the loop on this sort of thing for a few years, so I'll ask and
hope someone replies who knows what they're talking about.

Years back, there were places such as the University of Hamburg Virus Test
Center that one could look to for competent independent comparative reviews of
anti-virus products. Last time I looked, their website was anything but
up-to-date.

What current sources are now considered reliable for anti-virus test results?


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Some find this site useful and informative

http://www.av-comparatives.org /

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Who are they and are they qualified to perform such tests? The reason I ask is
that the only source I am aware of is the Virus Bulletin and their findings
differ quite a bit from the source you mention.


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Have you read their tests ?

I am aware of AV-Comparatives, Virus Bulletin, AV-test.org
http://www.av-comparatives.org /
http://www.virusbtn.com /
http://www.av-test.org /

Of those I prefer the summary reports of AV-Comparatives:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/main-tests/summary-reports


You could also have a look at the Wilders Security forums:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=30

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Fred W. (NL)

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Bill I have no vested interest in the site I mentioned. Ultimately it is
going to have to be a personal decision you are comfortable with. Why
not email a-v comparatives (or any other AV testing agency) or browse
the site to learn what methodology they use and their qualifications? It
is sometimes too easy to just post back asking 'me' or 'others' to
qualify their posts and recommendations. You might find it more
rewarding and satisfying to do some legwork yourself. The AV product
scene has many product selections.

I will however summarize several facts I have observed over the past 30
yrs I have been home computing (I'm 60 yrs old) and that is from
month-to-month some AV products will outscore (and 'dethrone') others
and vice-versa. Long term test scores history can be a useful way to
evaluate any AV product's consistency. Moreover AV product 'A' may well
detect a virus that AV product 'B' has missed regardless of test scores
and popularity. This has held true to this day. Lastly there are trial
versions available for all the major AV products and since 99.9% of the
well-known AV products offer adequate detection,cleaning, etc it can and
usually comes down to a matter of personal preference relating to GUI,
the performance impact on -your- PC and sometimes cost.

The choice is yours...

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