VB100 April 2009 – Windows XP SP3

An impressive range of 39 products from 34 different vendors were submitted for the Windows XP comparative review, with the regular well-known brands accompanied by an interesting set of less well-known names and a handful of newcomers. This month also saw the first major set of results from VB’s new RAP tests putting products’ reactive and proactive detection abilities to the test. John Hawes has all the details.

http://www.virusbtn.com/virusbulletin/archive/2009/04/vb200904-comparative (only available for subscribers)

The test pits security vendors against a collection of malware samples targeting Windows XP SP3. It is the first test based on Windows XP since the August 2008 edition.
To earn certification on the test, a security suite is required to accurately detect every sample from a ‘wild list’ of active malware, and avoid false positive returns on non-malicious samples.

In the April tests, nearly all of the big-name vendors earned certifications, including McAfee, Symantec and Microsoft, while Computer Associates saw its two anti-malware products gain the award after failing the August 2008 Windows XP test.
Among those not making the cut were PC Tools, which saw its Antivirus, Internet Security and Spyware Doctor products fall short of the certification by missing 12 malware samples.


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