[Healeys] Antivirus comparison OFF-TOPIC -Don't reply to list.

Al Malin amalin at mac.com
Mon Dec 8 23:19:27 MST 2008

I couldn't care less about anti virus programs.  I don't use them and  
don't understand why you had to bomb the list with this crap.

Al Malin

On Dec 8, 2008, at 11:05 PM, RThrift wrote:

> This is a topic that has come up recently and is relevant to the  
> majority of us on this list, as PC users.  I want to share a  
> resource, but don't want to start an "oil thread" (one based on  
> personal opinion, biased, based on tiny sample size)
> Google, in warning against a malware-infected website that a search  
> turned up, recommended the following site:
> http://www.stopbadware.org/home/badware_remove
> which suggested this site,  among others:
> http://www.av-comparatives.org/
> Click on the "comparatives" tab, then look at the 2 latest reports,  
> 19 & 20.
> The "retrospective" "proactive" tests are probably the most  
> important as far as real-world effectiveness; for explanation see
> http://www.mcafee.com/us/local_content/white_papers/threat_center/wp_imuttik_vb_conf_2001.pdf
> This also shows the errors that you will get in the ratings if you  
> don't test a huge number of viruses & other malware in your  
> comparison.
> Recently on the Healey list there have been several free & paid  
> antivirus programs discussed.  At av-comparatives.org, free programs  
> tended to show more false positives, resulting in lower ratings.  It  
> was mentioned on the forum that this site is starting to consider  
> use of system resources by the AV programs (which was mentioned  
> prominently in the Healey list discussion) , but I didn't notice  
> this yet in the comparison summaries.
> Bottom line: many AV programs are acceptable, some are better, none  
> are perfect.
> Over the years there is much random & systematic variation, so you  
> need to consider results over several years.
> http://www.av-comparatives.org/forum/index.php? 
> page=Thread&threadID=798
> My take from personal experience: The risk of hardware failures may  
> exceed the risk of viruses & malware, but to deal with BOTH you'd  
> better be darn sure to do full system backups on a scheduled  
> routine.   Some people will learn this the hard way - & some won't  
> learn.
> regards
> Richard Thrift
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