ESET, the leader in proactive threat protection, today announced that it has captured a record 61st VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, the widely-respected independent comparative testing group. April’s report focused on the Windows XP platform, running Service Pack 3 (SP3).
A record 60 products were submitted for testing, resulting in 40 VB100 awards. Companies whose product didn’t pass included Kaspersky, Microsoft, Norman and Sunbelt.
Virus Bulletin introduced its first VB100 award in 1998, and conducts several comparatives every year, rotating its platforms between Linux, Windows, Windows servers and Novell Netware. In order to display the VB100 logo, an antivirus product must meet two criteria:
- Demonstrate it detects all "In-the-Wild" viruses during both on-demand and on-access scanning.
- Generate no false positives when scanning a set of clean files.
Since the inception of VB100 awards in 1998, ESET’s antivirus products continue to boast a success rate of over 97 percent – the industry’s highest. Most antivirus vendors have success ratios in the 50 – 75 percent range. "ESET is another VB100 stalwart, with an unrivalled record of clean sheets," said John Hawes, Virus Bulletin. "The interface and configuration screens are as solid, slick and stylish as ever, and everything has an air of quality about it. In the infected sets detection rates were splendid, with another excellent showing in the RAP sets, and with yet another test untroubled by WildList misses or false alarms, ESET further extends its remarkable unbroken run of VB100 awards."
ESET is powered by ThreatSense technology, an advanced heuristics engine that enables proactive detection of malware not covered by even the most frequently updated signature-based products. Unlike traditional approaches, ESET solutions decode and analyze executable code in real-time, using an emulated environment. By allowing malware to execute in a secure virtual world, ESET is able to clearly differentiate between benign files and even the most sophisticated and cleverly-disguised malware.