New Anti-Virus Trends

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I have seen a lot of adds recently about how this anti-virus or that anti-virus is noe 84% more efficient than the competitors, or this one has an 11% smaller foot print, and this one reduces CPU use by 27% over its previous version. Do you think these changes are a trade-off or sacrifice for better security?

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Remember, there’s lies, damned lies & statistics. Vendors will play with numbers to make their position look better. For the most part, signature-based AV is all about the same. The best solution is a mix of signatures, heuristics and behavior-based anomaly detection. An additional feature that is useful is whitelisting.

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When it comes to competition, every antivirus software company has their own genius programmers who always think of how they could improve their products by creating new feature such as reducing its consumption to the processor.

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  • Schmidtw
    I'm personally not in the market for new AV software, but i think it's an important thing to keep watch for. New businesses, existing businesses, home networks, etc. could all benefit from this sort of information. Labnuke99, you are exactly right. What is it, something like 85% of statistics are actually made up. With that in mind, it's hard to determine if the truth is actually being told. And if it is, you wonder what features or security measures were done away with to get the new software to its small-footprint release.
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  • Robert Stewart
    Any AV that makes claims like "More Efficient" are misleading their customers into a false since of security. No one AV company is perfect, yes there are different size footprints and cpu usage, but like ScmidtW says with a lighter footprint are we comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges?? The biggest concern is how well they detect and remove viruses, and again you get very misleading information or statistics here also. No one virus company will be the first company to find and repair all threats 100 pct of the time, yet they lead you to believe this is the case. One day AVG might be the Hero for the new virus, and the next day it may be Sophos.
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  • Schmidtw
    Im under the impression that various viral authors write specifically to deceieve certain antivirus users. For example, I had a system that was infected. I had AVG on it. AVG detected nothing, but Spybot S&D did. On a friends computer, I noticed a similar situation, where Avast didn't catch it, but Kaspersky did. Unfortunately, as Robert said, no anti-virus is perfect and no one antivirus will ever be able to catch 100% of threats despite the claims made.
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  • Richlich
    I agree with Schmidtw. Particularly with spam protection, I've found no one product will work plus, particularly for medium and large-sized organizations, a multiilevel (2 to 3 layer) defense strategy (something like a Barracuda spam blocker or spam filtering service in front of the firewall, AV and spam protection in the firewall, and back-side AV and anti-malware software like McAfee or some such) is a must. I also use the online Kaspersky scan and HiJackThis for discovery purposes, and then a tool like ComboFix when "standard" tools do not catch all infections. I'm also very leery of any claims that "one product does it all." I've simply never seen this as the true case. (For example, a recent Vundo infection problem took multiple runs of multiple discovery and clean-up tools to fix. BTW, the people at www.atribune.org are especially adept at helping you expunge Vundo-related infections.)
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I always tell people to be careful what they read from the vendors as any numbers can be skewed in their favor. I think there is (and should be) some innovation in these areas. However, I don't think these features are a trade-off for better security...if anything, security's improving because the products are running more efficiently and are less likely to be disabled by people who are sick and tired of poor performance related to anti-malware software. Speaking of statistics here are some interesting findings from Sunbelt Software.
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  • Genderhayes
    Trend Micro is one web threat protection browser cookie removal parental controls other features focusing on data cloud security virtualization
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  • Kevin Beaver
    For those of you who are stumbling across this older post, here's a link to current study that may be helpful: http://uk.pcmag.com/opinion/34165/real-world-antivirus-protection-test-winners-and-l
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