[Healeys] Antivirus comparison OFF-TOPIC -Don't reply to list.
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.
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:
> which suggested this site, among others:
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> 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
> Richard Thrift
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