Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, reports that its Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 product has deservedly received the “Advanced+” grade in a retrospective test conducted by AV-Comparatives. A similar result was received by the same Kaspersky Lab product in AV-Comparatives’ “On-Demand” test, held simultaneously with the retrospective test.
In the retrospective test, 12 products of different manufacturers were tested and compared against one another. Unlike the On-Demand testing, in the retrospective test the quality of heuristic detection of new malware was analyzed. Interestingly, all other means of threat protection were disabled, including the possibility to update the antivirus database.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 successfully passed the testing and received the Advanced+ grade. The level of detection of malware using only heuristic algorithms came to 55%, which is one of the highest in the industry. In the simultaneous On-Demand test the detection rate for Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 came to 97%. The results of the false positive/alarm test (12 instances for Kaspersky Lab’s product) were similar to those in the On-Demand comparative. It should be pointed out that, according to data of the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network, all 12 files are practically never encountered on users’ computers.
Nikita Shvetsov, director of Anti-Malware Research of Kaspersky Lab, said: “What is interesting is that the leading antivirus companies refused to take part in the test, stating that without cloud protection and updates of antivirus databases their products won’t protect users in the proper manner. We think that even without an Internet connection or cloud services the user should be fully certain about the security of his/her system and personal data. As a result, even given such test conditions Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 showed one of the highest levels of threat detection, which demonstrates how users of our products are protected even without an Internet connection. However, we agree that the retrospective testing reflects just a small part of the capabilities of Kaspersky Anti-Virus, even less than the On-Demand test, which also doesn’t fully reproduce a real situation with a user’s computer. Therefore, in judging anti-virus products, we recommend using results from more realistic tests, such as those carried out by “Real-World” or “Dynamic”.