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Every spring I test as many antivirus programs to find out which one works the best. I start with a clean install of the latest Microsoft operating system (Win 7 64 SP1 this time) with no third party applications except disk imaging software. I take an image of that and store it away. Then I get it as infected as i can, take an image of that, and store it. I then try installing different antivirus programs and see how well they clean up the viruses. I grade them based on how many infected files and registry entries they find, and weather or not it really got rid of everything. after i test one antivirus, I image the drive with the infected image, and try another antivirus. After i get all those results, I put the clean image back on the drive, install an antivirus, and try to get it infected, to see if it picks the virus up with the on access scan. I do that with each antivirus, and score it based on weather or not it detected the virus, and if there were any false positives.

I just thought i would make a post here to post the results when I'm done, and ask you guys if there are any antivirus programs you think i should test.


The test rig (not that it really matters): asus maximus extreme, Intel Q6600 stock, 6 GB ddr3 1600, 250GB seagate 7200.9.

Antivirus programs I'm already planning on testing: Avira, AVG, Norton, Mcafee, avast, kapersky, clam win, nod32.

Edit here's the results data, I am working on an article which explains these results, because the numbers don't do it justice.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?...Og&hl=en#gid=0
Edited by {core2duo}werd - 4/4/11 at 10:47am
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Pretty cool, looking forward to your results.

Are you going to give MSE a whirl?
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will you use the freeware versions of Avira, Avast and AVG or the commercial product?

NOD32 and Bitdefender are free too but only for Linux
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malwarebytes, superantispyware, combofix and MSE
I have yet to come across anything that can survive that combination.
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Pretty cool, looking forward to your results.

Are you going to give MSE a whirl?
good one i didn't think about.
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will you use the freeware versions of Avira, Avast and AVG or the commercial product?

NOD32 and Bitdefender are free too but only for Linux
I will use that 30 day trial of the paid versions.
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malwarebytes, superantispyware, combofix and MSE
I have yet to come across anything that can survive that combination.
I agree, but except for MSE, those are tools you run on top of your antivirus.

I'm infecting it now







and here is the viruses trying to contact home. in russia...



Edited by {core2duo}werd - 3/26/11 at 9:53am
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Nice, I'm in for the results. I've been using Avast for years, no problems and best of all it hardly uses any resources.
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After i get all those results, I put the clean image back on the drive, install an antivirus, and try to get it infected, to see if it picks the virus up with the on access scan. I do that with each antivirus, and score it based on weather or not it detected the virus, and if there were any false positives.
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Nice, I'm in for the results. I've been using Avast for years, no problems and best of all it hardly uses any resources.


Edit heyyyy woah you edited...
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Edit heyyyy woah you edited...
Wow you caught that fast then. I edited like a second later because I had a brainfart and forgot what I read lol.
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I jelly
send me virri/viruses as .zip?
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I jelly
send me virri/viruses as .zip?
I'm letting it fester over the weekend. I'll see if i can find a safe way to send them. they could still infect from a zip, but maybe if it had a password or if it were in a passworded rar...
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