AV-Comparatives Names F-Secure Product of the Year
Article by George Norman
On 12 Jan 2011
If you are not familiar with AV-Comparatives, let me give you the lowdown. This is an Austrian non-profit organization that provides independent antivirus software tests to the public; all the tests are offered free of charge. Each year, at the end of the year, the organization releases a summary report that mentions the antivirus applications that faired the best in its tests.

Out of all the antivirus products AV-Comparatives puts to the test, one is selected as “Product of the Year”. An antivirus application receives this distinction only if it has very high malware detection rates of malware, high proactive detection, produces very few false positives, scans for problems in a speedy manner, is reliable, doesn’t hog system resources, and offers adequate protection without significantly relying on user input, doesn’t crash the system, doesn’t cause the system to hang, and doesn’t have annoying bugs.

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If there’s an organization out there that has to be taken seriously when it comes to testing antivirus applications, AV-Comparatives is that organization.

And so we get to the important bit – the prestigious 2010 Product of the Year distinction has been awarded by AV-Comparatives to F-Secure. Back in 2009 the award went to Symantec, in 2008 it went to Avira, in 2007 and 2006 it went to ESET, and in 2005 and 2004 it went to Kaspersky.

AV-Comparatives said it wasn’t easy to pick a Product of the Year and that’s because several antivirus products it tested did very well on the tests. F-Secure came out on top of everyone else because “had made the most progress relative to last year.” By selecting F-Secure as the Product of the Year, AV-Comparatives hopes to stimulate other developers and push them to keep improving their products.

This 2010 AV-Comparatives put the following antivirus applications to the test: AV-Comparatives’ 2010 summary report is available at av-comparatives.org.




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