Posted by: David Harley | October 15, 2015

AV-Comparatives File Detection Test

I don’t follow individual anti-malware tests as closely as I used to, but I notice that AV-Comparatives has released another of its File Detection Tests.

The testers state that while no samples were executed in the course of the test, cases were considered where malware would be recognized on-access but not on-demand. Well, it’s true that executing a file is not the only way to access it, and the difference between on-access and on-demand scanning is less clear-cut in modern top-tier security products. Perhaps we should be revisiting those terms in order to establish a reasonably standard definition.

AV-C does acknowledge that the test only looks at one aspect of product functionality. And I like the fact that results in the detection test are balanced by a false positive test, to lessen the risk that a product will get a high score by simply flagging all unknown files as malicious. So potentially quite a useful test, despite its limitations.

David Harley

 

 

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