Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, today announced that its VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware product has received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, the highly-respected independent comparative testing group, in the December 2009 issue of its online publication.
The test was conducted on the Windows 7 platform and Sunbelt Software, in its first-ever entry into this prestigious test, successfully detected all "in the wild" viruses without creating a single false positive. Viruses are generally categorized as "in the wild" when they are spreading as a result of normal day-to-day operations on and between the computers of unsuspecting users. The outstanding level of malicious program detection recognizes the depth and accuracy of Sunbelt’s VIPRE antivirus technology.
Virus Bulletin tested several different antivirus products for their detection rates, lack of false positives, and speed of scanning on Windows 7. VIPRE successfully detected 100 percent of viruses in the wild. 35 of the 43 entries were awarded the VB100 designation.
"Perhaps one of the most long-anticipated VB100 appearances, …it is with great excitement that we finally get to record and report some results," wrote Virus Bulletin in the review. "The WildList proved no obstacle despite the set of tricky Virut samples, and with no false positives either VIPRE earns a VB100 on its first appearance; we hope to see many more."
Virus Bulletin conducts independent comparative testing of antivirus products. The tests focus on virus detection rates and scanning speed, as well as look at how each product fares when scanning set files that are known to be clean. In order to display the VB100 logo, an antivirus product must have demonstrated in Virus Bulletin tests that: It detects all viruses currently spreading throughout a diverse user population during both on-demand and on-access scanning; and it generates no "false positives" when scanning a set of clean files. The product must fulfill these criteria in its default state.
Unlike some other similar-sounding testing schemes, Virus Bulletin uses the most up-to-date WildList – available from the WildList Organization – in its tests. This means that products that are ‘plugged in’ to changing threat generation are the ones most likely to be granted VB100 awards. More information about Virus Bulletin can be found on its website: virusbtn.com.
"Inclusion in the VB100 is a mark of distinction among antivirus providers and confirms Sunbelt’s VIPRE product line as one of the most accurate and effective on the market today," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. "Real-time detection of viruses in the wild has been a point of emphasis for us, and has never been more important considering the rising level of cyber attacks."