If there is something worse than dealing with an antivirus company which tries to sell you security a dime a dozen, it is discovering that the aforementioned company has no intention of withdrawing from its ominous intentions: Avira continues to do marketing on my PC as I already became aware months ago, and this time it’s something connected with on-line storage which notoriously is one of my preferred technologies I always say good things about every time I can.
Trust in your antivirus software is important, especially if you have willingly paid to purchase and install it on the PC. When the antivirus starts to sell some sort of advertising message shown after an automatic update as security, however, the aforementioned trust begins to leave place to delusion and you ask yourself who is dumber: you paying to be mocked or the genius that decided to turn a protection software into a carrier of cheap marketing.
The AV-Comparatives Austrian labs have just released their antivirus test for November. Following the usual practice of alternating (during the year) the analysis of the known malware detection rates and that on the antivirus software proactive capabilities, report n.24 follows the previous one related to the malware test-bed collected between January and August 2009 but, contrariwise to this last one, compares the same products to more than 23,000 new samples gathered within the week following the antivirus signatures update.
During the past weeks AV-Comparatives released the results of its latest antivirus software tests. Report n.23 follows the previous one released in May but it tackles, as the Austrian experts usually do, malware detection rates achieved by the antivirus programs when confronting a test bed of known threats.
It’s celebration time for Avira, the German security company headquartered in the little town of Tettnang best known for its renowned antivirus software. AntiVir Personal, the free antivirus offered by Avira to its customers has recently marked its tenth anniversary, and to properly celebrate the occasion the company prepared a special offer for who decided to purchase one of its commercial products within the next few days.
With the usual punctuality from which I should learn something, at the end of May the Austrian labs of AV-Comparatives released the second part of the first antivirus comparative of 2009, comparing the previously tested security software with unknown threats for which there still is no specific signature. In such a scenery malware detection rates tend to drop drastically, and only the most advanced engines are able to succeed by obtaining the best results.
After having crowned AVIRA AntiVir the best antivirus of year 2008, in these weeks the team of AV-Comparatives experts has returned to prove the security IT industry by arranging a new antivirus comparative. Report n.21 is the first made during 2009, follows the previous one released in November but unlike the latter aims at verifying the antivirus capability of detecting known viral samples.
As previously highlighted, traditional viruses, the ones that nowadays are generally defined as “file viruses” and target executable programs parasitizing and exploiting them as a medium for their propagation, even though reduced to a marginal component of the crowded zoo of beasties making up modern malware aren’t vanished at all. A confirmation of this is the fact that, after the Sality case, new parasitic viruses families have in the past days caught the attention of experts and security firms.
The numbers clearly demonstrate it, nowadays the main threats to computer security are those coming from worms, trojans, backdoors, malicious code categories that have nothing to do with the historical “viruses”. But those digital parasites which travelled from file to file (and from floppy to floppy), hunting for new habitats and new victims to infect still survive today when malware is a business and the worm-based botnets have a scary amount of zombie-PC to use against institutions, firms or the network infrastructures of entire nations.
Avira GmbH, the renowned German security firm which develops the Avira AntiVir antivirus, is running a special promotion in collaboration with PC Welt (the localized edition of PC World magazine) giving away to users a free 6 months license for AntiVir Premium, lately proclaimed the best antivirus of 2008 by AV-Comparatives.
From a computer security standpoint, 2008 surely has been a year of passion. Nay worse, it has been a dramatic year characterized by figures beyond any imagination, a steady hammering of new threats that has lasted till the end and that is expected to be the same or even worse during this year.
Are you constantly searching for a good antivirus, or better still the best antivirus currently on sale to stay away from the many dangers of that very dangerous place Internet has become? Here is a good chance: AV-Comparatives, the reference point for antimalware software testing, has proclaimed AVIRA AntiVir the winner of best antivirus of the year award.
AV-Comparatives, the Austrian team of experts dedicated to antivirus tests acknowledged as a reference point in the field, has published the second part of the mid-year comparative, an ideal addendum to the one already released in the past September. This time the aim is to evaluate the antimalware tools effectiveness against unknown threats, in a test scenario meant to prove the heuristic part and the generic markers of the on-demand scanning engines.
A dangerous malware breed skilled in cryptographic techniques is coming back under the spotlight. Trend Micro has spotted in the wild a new Gpcode variant, the trojan that since 2005 has let everybody know the meaning of the world ransomware, that is a type of malware expressly designed to encrypt the user’s data files asking afterward for a money ransom to restore them.
It’s a picture full of shadows and few lights the one outlined in the quarterly security report by F-Secure, a well-known Finnish company that produces antivirus software and integrated protection solutions. By analyzing the striking cyber-crime cases reported during the third quarter of 2008, the wrap-up highlights the difficulty to effectively fight an international phenomenon with the only aid from the local laws and the current cooperation treaties between the police authorities.
As is tradition at the end of summer, from the Austrian labs of Andreas Clementi and the analysts team behind AV-Comparatives come the updated comparative tests on 16 among the most known antivirus on the market. As a recognized industry standard for evaluating the effectiveness of antivirus solutions, the Clementi’s comparatives put in comparison security software against more than 2.3 millions of malware samples variously assorted, further providing useful indications on the capabilities of the programs to avoid false positives and the total scanning speed.
In the sad scenery of an absolute lack of conventions generally recognized among the antivirus and antimalware manufacturers, at least one standard does exist. An anchor that takes the official name of EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File and means to provide, as it’s easy to conclude, a universally valid tool to evaluate the normal working of whatever malicious software protection.