Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Antivirus programs retreating in the fight against malicious attacks

According to the results of the study, only 3 of the 25 products tested antivirus received safety certificates.

The German independent institute of information security of AV-Test conducted research within which during the period for November-December of last year of 25 anti-virus programs of house use and 8 corporate systems of data security underwent harmful attacks.

According to the results, AV-Test representatives stated that the effectiveness of anti-virus programs have decreased in comparison with the previous study.

As the researchers noted in the test 92% of zero-day attacks were blocked, respectively, only one of the 10 malicious attack is successful. Antivirus programs were able to clear only 91% of infected systems, however, work only 60% of them had been restored to the same level as before the infection.

The company said that the results of the study, three of the 25 anti-virus programs are not able to score the necessary points for the security certificate, among which was Microsoft Security Essentials, as well as software from PC Tools and AhnLabs.

The results of the study 8 enterprise products were better, but even in their case, Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection could not cope with the task of holding off in December 2012, to 78% of malware attacks, which were better levels as in November 2012, the program was managed with only 67% attacks.

CEO of AV-Test Andreas Marx said that this time more antivirus programs than is usually not cope with the high standards of the company, which is why could not obtain security certificates AV-Test.

In general, the test results are much better than those that were obtained in a study conducted by Imperva in November 2012, under which the majority of anti-virus software detects less than 5% of new malware.

Imperva used for testing VirusTotal, but critics argue that the internet service is not intended to determine the ability of anti-virus software to block threats as monitors for the presence of the signature file, not the other lines of code protection.

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