Off topic - AntiVirus accuracy competition

DAve dave.list at
Tue Aug 14 22:14:35 IST 2007

Hugo van der Kooij wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Aug 2007, Stephen Swaney wrote:
>> This is definitely off topic but I know that many of you will be 
>> interested
>> in the results since which virus scanners to buy is an often discussed 
>> topic
>> here. A quote from the article in the link below will explain.
>> "A rare AntiVirus accuracy competition was conducted at Linuxworld this
>> week, and the results should come as a blow to the paid antivirus 
>> industry.
>> Run by delegates from the untangle network gateway, the competition 
>> should
>> provide ammunition to critics of the idea that good virus protection 
>> cannot
>> be provided for nothing. . . ."
>> And the results:
>> 1. Kaspersky (97.1%)
>> 2. ClamAV (91.4%)
>> 3. Norton (88.6%)
>> 4. F-Prot (85.7%), and
>> 4. Sophos (85.7%)
>> 6. McAfee (74.3%)
>> 7. SonicWall (54.3%)
>> 8. GlobalHauri (45.7%), and
>> 8. Fortinet (45.7%)
>> 10. Watchguard (2.9%)
>> I hope none of you are using 6. or below.
> Not quite like the results I get from a sample collection which covers 
> about anything being around for first half of this year. I am rebuilding 
> a malware crossrefernce and the new setup is at
> I plan to move it over to the main site after I rewrote the virus search 
> page itself from scratch. The backend is good now but the webpage needs 
> a full rewrite now to use the extended database in a much smarter way.
> The short summary? I find Kaspersky and F-Prot doing rather badly 
> compared to the list you quote.
> Hugo.

Interesting, we tried Kas and BDC behind Clam for about 13 months and 
neither one caught anything, nothing slipped past Clam to be caught. So 
we dropped them when we needed the cycles for increased traffic.


Three years now I've asked Google why they don't have a
logo change for Memorial Day. Why do they choose to do logos
for other non-international holidays, but nothing for

Maybe they forgot who made that choice possible.

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