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Comparison of Antivirus Software

Update Cycles for signature updates

Rank Major Antivirus Software No. of Updates / Week
1 Kaspersky eScan 20 times
2 AVG 7 times
3 Panda 7 times
4 F-Secure 6~7 times
5 Dr. Web 6 times
6 AntlVir, H+BEDV 5~6 times
7 Computer Associates 4~5 times
8 F-Prot 4~5 times
9 Sophos 4~5 times
10 Trend Micro 2~3 times
11 Symantec 1~2 times

by AV-Test.org 2004

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Response Times of AV Companies

to the Outbreak of W32Sober.C, a major worm that brought down a lot of mail servers worldwide.

(Worm discovered 2003-12-20 at 3:00 h)

Rank

 Major Antivirus Software

Response Time

1 BitDefender 10 Hr
2 Kaspersky eScan 11 Hr
3 F-Prot 12 Hr
4 F-Secure 12 Hr
5 Norman 15 Hr
6 eSafe 15 Hr
7 Trend Micro 16 Hr
8 AVG 17 Hr
9 AntiVir (H+BEDV) 19 Hr
10 Symantec 25 Hr
11 Avastl 30 Hr
12 Sophos 35 Hr
13 Panda AV 38 Hr
14 McAfee 49 Hr
15 Ikans 55 Hr
16 eTrust (CA) 63 Hr
17 AVK (G Data) 93 Hr

"Outbreak Response Times: Putting AV to the Test"  - by Andreas Marx

www.av-test.org/down/papers/2004-02_vb_outbreak.pdf

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Specialization of Product and Company

Major Antivirus Software Only Product?
Kaspersky eScan ü
AVG ü
Panda ü
F-Secure ü
Dr. Web ü
AntlVir, H+BEDV ü
Computer Associates û
F-Prot ü
Sophos ü
Trend Micro ü
McAfee ü
Symantec û

ü = Antivirus software is the only product of the company, i.e. the company depends wholly on the successfulness of its antivirus software

û = The company sales many other software

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