Off topic - AntiVirus accuracy competition

Martin.Hepworth martinh at
Wed Aug 15 08:44:12 IST 2007


I was surprised buy Sophos low score on this. They are expensive, but there hit rate has always been very reliable. In fact whenever the desktop AV has missed something, I'll pop on Sophos and every time it's found the issue....

I think I'll treat this with a large pinch of salt..

Martin Hepworth
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Solid State Logic
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: mailscanner-bounces at [mailto:mailscanner-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Stephen Swaney
> Sent: 14 August 2007 23:47
> To: 'MailScanner discussion'
> Subject: RE: Off topic - AntiVirus accuracy competition
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: mailscanner-bounces at [mailto:mailscanner-
> > bounces at] On Behalf Of Kai Schaetzl
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 6:31 PM
> > To: mailscanner at
> > Subject: Re: Off topic - AntiVirus accuracy competition
> >
> > Hugo van der Kooij wrote on Tue, 14 Aug 2007 22:49:21 +0200 (CEST):
> >
> > > The short summary? I find Kaspersky and F-Prot doing rather badly
> > compared
> > > to the list you quote.
> >
> > Hm, looking on your list and seeing the *very* bad result for F-Prot I
> > would
> > rather search for the glitch in *your* testing/data-mining procedure.
> > It
> > cannot be *that* bad - unless it's a well outdated product (is it?). A
> > maverick like that usually indicates that something is wrong in the
> > method or
> > data, rather than in the product tested.
> >
> > Kai
> >
> Hey it's not my test. I just thought the article might be of interest to
> the
> list. You're all free to make your own decisions. I don't sell any virus
> scanners :)
> I know it was to me since we'll probably replace Sophos when it expires
> this
> fall. My personal feeling is that Sophos a bit expensive for the quality.
> That's been shown in several tests I've seen.
> All of the responses though have been of interest to me especially the
> ones
> that point out the flaws and virus scanners missing from the list.
> And always remember!
> 	the is never such a thing as an totally unbiased test :)
> Steve
> Steve Swaney
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