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Kaspersky, Grisoft, F-Secure fail VB100 security test

Three big names have failed to receive certification in the latest Virus Bulletin anti-malware test, the VB100.Kaspersky, Grisoft, and F-Secure all had products which failed to detect 100 percent of the in-the-wild malware signatures in Virus Bulletin's database.
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor

Three big names have failed to receive certification in the latest Virus Bulletin anti-malware test, the VB100.

Kaspersky, Grisoft, and F-Secure all had products which failed to detect 100 percent of the in-the-wild malware signatures in Virus Bulletin's database. The platform each product was tested on is XP.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0.2.621 failed to detect a network worm called allaple. According to Kaspersky senior technology consultant David Emm, Kaspersky first added a signature for the worm in February. At the time of the test, Kaspersky was "optimising" its allaple signature. For one day, the signature wasn't in the Kaspersky database.

"That happened to be the day of the test," Emm told ZDNet UK.

Kaspersky is confident that no customer running its full security suite was affected at the time of the test, as this has a firewall, behavioural analysis and heuristics.

Grisoft AVG 7.5 Professional Edition also failed the VB100. AVG is a popular free anti-malware application, which has widespread consumer use. F-Secure Protection Service for Customers (7.00 build 387) also failed to gain certification.

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