AV-Test Praises Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security 2012 Betas
Article by George Norman
On 21 Apr 2011
A short while ago Symantec, company that specializes in providing antivirus, antispyware, and internet security software solutions, rolled out Norton Antivirus 2012 Beta and Norton Internet Security 2012 Beta to the public and we already see positive feedback from the security community.

After putting the Betas to the test AV-Test, an independent antivirus research and data security organization, had plenty of positive things to say about them. For detecting malware samples, the current industry average is of 97.71%. in AV-Test’s testing, Norton detected 98.87 out of about 150,000 very recent malware samples.

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Norton did even better when its widespread "WildList" malware detection capabilities were put to the test – it scored a 100% detection rate. But that isn’t exactly surprising, considering that other security software solutions also detect 100% of those malware samples.

When put face to face with multiple active malware samples, Norton detected them all; the industry average as far as detection is concerned is of 95.2%. Norton then removed 95.7% of the active malware samples it detected; the industry standard in this case is of 85.7% for a removing active components and 47.6% for a full removal.

When put face to face with active rootkit samples, Norton detected and removed 87.5% of them; the industry average is of 56%.

Norton scored a 96.85% success rate when tasked to protect against active attacks by malicious Web sites and malicious downloads. It failed to score a 100% because one sample got through; all the others were all blocked. To put things in perspective, the industry average here is of 64%.

When scanning the system, Norton detected zero false positives; AV-Test threw some 250,000 files that could have been erroneously detected as malicious at Norton, but Norton did not flag them as malicious. And speaking of scanning the system, AV-Test said that after an initial scan, subsequent scans took 85-90% less time to complete.

If you would like to get Norton Antivirus 2012 Beta or perhaps Norton Internet Security 2012 Beta, you can download these applications from the Norton Beta site here. The usual Beta warnings apply: it may not work, it may be buggy, it may ruin your day. If you don’t know that Beta testing a product entails, you are better of waiting for the final versions of Norton Antivirus 2012 and Norton Internet Security 2012 to be released.



Tags: Symantec, Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security, Beta, AV-Test
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