Best Scanner and Virus Detector: Avira AntiVir in the AV-Comparatives Test
June 21, 2009 Leave a comment
AV-Comparatives is an independent institute that regularly tests the performance of well known anti-virus software. After Avira had already achieved good results in March, the test was continued under new conditions.
Since the last comparative test, none of the anti-virus programs has been updated. At the same time, a lot of malware has been collected during the last three months. Therefore a whole host of new, unknown viruses, worms, backdoors and Trojans has appeared. In order to detect unknown and new threats proactive detection or so called heuristic detection is required.
The innovative Avira AHeAD (Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection) technology certainly lived up to its name. Its heuristic identified more than 71% of the at that time unknown malware and therefore won a convincing first place (graph 1).
The results for scanning speed clearly demonstrate that the Avira software is not only thorough but also particularly fast. The anti-virus product, which was developed in Germany, is also clearly in the lead in this respect. Avira sifts through the data jungle on computers at a rate of 7.49 megabytes per second (graph 2) and is therefore the winner of the test In this category!
It is to be noted that the test of speed was carried out with activated heuristic, i.e. with active AHeAD module. Compared with its competitors, Avira convincingly managed to combine performance and proactive detection with optimum results.