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If you still remember, we talked about AVG free antivirus software not too long ago; which is a very useful and free software to have on your computer to help you against antivirus threats. The other free antivirus software that I like is Avast.

These two are free antivirus software, but if you are willing to pay then I would usually suggest McAfee and Norton antivirus; which are two popular software in Malaysia. However, popular they are, but they may not be the best antivirus…

Virus.gr did some detailed tests some time ago on many of the widely used antivirus software to see how they stack up against each other. And the result is here:

1. Kaspersky version 6.0.0.303 – 99.62%
2. Active Virus Shield by AOL version 6.0.0.299 – 99.62%
3. F-Secure 2006 version 6.12.90 – 96.86%
4. BitDefender Professional version 9 – 96.63%
5. CyberScrub version 1.0 – 95.98%
6. eScan version 8.0.671.1 – 95.82%
7. BitDefender freeware version 8.0.202 – 95.57%
8. BullGuard version 6.1 – 95.57%
9. AntiVir Premium version 7.01.01.02 – 95.45%
10. Nod32 version 2.51.30 – 95.14%

11. AntiVir Classic version 7.01.01.02 – 94.26%
12. ViruScape 2006 version 1.02.0935.0137 – 93.87%
13. McAfee version 10.0.27 – 93.03%
14. McAfee Enterprise version 8.0.0 – 91.76%
15. F-Prot version 6.0.4.3 beta – 87.88%
16. Avast Professional version 4.7.871 – 87.46%
17. Avast freeware version 4.7.871 – 87.46%
18. Dr. Web version 4.33.2 – 86.03%
19. Norman version 5.90.23 – 85.65%
20. F-Prot version 3.16f – 85.14%

21. ArcaVir 2006 – 83.44%
22. Norton Professional 2006 – 83.18%
23. AVG Professional version 7.1.405 – 82.82%
24. AVG freeware version 7.1.405 – 82.82%
25. Panda 2007 version 2.00.01 – 82.23%
26. Virus Chaser version 5.0a – 81.47%
27. PC-Cillin 2006 version 14.10.1051 – 80.90%
28. VBA32 version 3.11.0 – 79.12%
29. ViRobot Expert version 4.0 – 76.22%
30. UNA version 1.83 – 75.44%

31. Rising AV version 18.41.30 – 73.60%
32. Sophos Sweep version 6.0.2 – 69.48%
33. Ikarus version 5.19 – 63.22%
34. Antiy Ghostbusters version 5.1.3 – 61.55%
35. Digital Patrol version 5.00.12 – 54.29%
36. Vexira 2006 version 5.002.45 – 52.66%
37. V3Pro 2004 version 6.1.1.2.640 – 52.38%
38. Ewido Premium version 4.0.0.172 – 51.27%
39. Ewido freeware version 4.0.0.172 – 51.27%
40. ClamWin version 0.88.4 – 51.23%

Surprising indeed, I have never expect Kaspersky to be this good. But sad to see that McAfee is at location number 13 while Norton at 22. Next time I think I better buy Kaspersky rather than paying a premium for Norton which I thought is the best!

But… don’t buy Kaspersky just yet. Let’s look at the heuristics tests. Heuristic tests are extremely important because that is exactly what gives an Antivirus the ability to catch a virus even it is not in the virus database. Kaspersky is not in the top 30 list!

Here is the top 10 from the heuristics tests list:

1 Nod32 2.51.30
2 Vba32 3.11.0
3 VirIT 6.1.9
4 AVG 7.1.405 Professional
5 AVG 7.1.405 freeware
6 Rising AV 18.41.30
7 McAfee 10.0.27
8 Ikarus 5.19
9 F-Prot 6.0.4.3 beta
10 Ukrainian National Antivirus 1.83