VB100 comparative testing
VB100 comparative testing is a regular independent comparison of anti-malware solutions.
Each test report combines the unique VB100 certification scheme with in-depth analysis of product performance on a range of scales.
The VB100 award is a certification of products which meet the basic standards required to be recognised as legitimate and properly functioning anti-malware solutions.
To display a VB100 logo, a product must:
All this must be done with default, out-of-the-box settings in the VB lab environment.
An archive of VB100 test results is available, allowing users to view the performance of a vendor or solution over time. While a single test can only show a snapshot of a product's capabilities at a specific moment in time, this long-term view can be used as a guide to how vendors are likely to perform in future. Listings of results by product are here.
The unique RAP (Reactive and Proactive) tests measure detection rates using the freshest samples available at the time products are submitted to the test, as well as samples not seen until after product databases are frozen. This provides a measure of both the vendors' ability to handle newly emerging malware and their accuracy in detecting previously unknown malware.
The four-test RAP averages quadrant allows at-a-glance comparison of detection rates by these criteria. Full details of the RAP scheme are here.
Each VB100 comparative review is run on a different platform, allowing us to measure the performance of solutions in a wide range of environments.
We continue to expand and refine our measures of scanning speed, file access overheads, system resource usage and more, to provide a complete picture of how solutions impact the systems they are protecting as well as the quality of the protection provided. Full details of performance measures can be found in each comparative review; a list of comparative reviews by platform can be found here.
The next comparative review will be published in the June 2013 issue of Virus Bulletin, covering the Windows Server 2012 platform. The full schedule of upcoming comparatives can be found here. Submission for this review has closed.
Any developers interested in submitting anti-malware products for review are advised to contact John Hawes, Anti-Malware Test Director (email@example.com).
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