Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 Awarded AV-Comparatives’ Highest Rating for Malware Removal
22 Nov 2012
Comparative Tests, Product news
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 has been ranked as one of the most effective security solutions and was awarded the highest Advanced+ rating following independent testing by AV-Comparatives in October 2012.
- AV-Comparatives, the renowned Austria-based laboratory, carried out malware removal tests in October 2012.
- The tests focused on how well products could remove malware.
- 13 antivirus products participated in the testing.
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 finished in first place, earning Advanced+ status, AV-Comparatives’ highest rating.
How the tests were performed
According to the malware removal testing rules, the participating products were installed on pre-infected machines. Eleven malware samples were taken randomly from a pool of specially selected samples and a further three samples which featured in last year’s tests were added to see if there had been any improvements. After the products were installed, a full system scan was run and the removal process was started following the instructions displayed by the antivirus programs. The experts at the laboratory set out to recreate the experience of a typical home user confronted with a situation where malware needs to be removed. After the system scan the machines were rebooted and the experts conducted a detailed analysis of each PC to see how much malware had been successfully removed.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 secured first place with a score of 94 points out of 100. The product successfully removed all 14 malware samples used by the experts. The only minor blemish, which denied Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 a 100% score, was caused by some difficulty in removing the toughest malware samples. One was removed by the product, but a few fragments (executable files, MBR and/or registry changes) remained. Another sample was eliminated with help from the Rescue Disc.
Only three of the other 12 rival solutions managed to detect and remove all the malware samples. This outstanding result saw the Kaspersky Lab product earn Advanced+ status, AV-Comparatives’ highest rating.
Oleg Ishanov, Head of Anti-Malware Research Kaspersky Lab
“According to AV Comparatives, the main aim of these tests was to demonstrate that professional antivirus products need to do far more than merely delete malicious files. We are pleased to reaffirm that our consumer product has once again fulfilled the expectations of the experts and proven its high quality and earned the laboratory’s highest rating.”
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