How do the antivirus products compare?
Compare NOD32 to Symantec | McAfee | Trend Micro
|Unified Anti-Threat Engine - protects
against viruses, spyware, adware, identity theft
||No, multiple components required in a
||No, multiple components required in a
||No, multiple components required in a
|VB100% Awards for detection of all
in-the-wild viruses in the VB test sets, and without any
|Missed In-the-Wild Viruses in Virus
Bulletin tests between May 1998 and May 2005 (virusbulletin.com)
|Real-time protection against 16
zero-day viruses (source: virustotal.com)
|Retrospective/ProActive Test by AV-Comparatives.Org
on 3-month old signatures. Combined trend of May and
November 2005 tests. (www.av-comparatives.org)
|Executable scanning rate (December
2005, Virus Bulletin) on Windows 2003 Server x64 on AMD
Athlon 64 processor
|Average scanning rate of executables &
zipped OLE files (October 2005, Virus Bulletin) on Windows
2003 Advanced Server
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Virus Bulletin is highly respected for the quality of its testing and for its independence. They test products' virus detection against a full collection of current in-the-wild viruses as well as performance (speed). Full test results are provided in their printed editions however the following is a summary of recent tests.
October 2005 Test: Windows 2003 Advanced Server
August 2003 Test : Netware 6 (authorized reprint available here)
| Product||Missed viruses||Scan time (sec) executables |
| NAI McAfee||6||581|
| CA Innoculate IT||14||751|
Trend Micro did not submit a product for this test.
Summary of 4 tests June 2002 - Feb 2003 : Netware 6, 2000, NT and XP
| Product||Missed viruses|
| NAI McAfee||59|
| Trend PC-Cillin||1045|
Symantec did not submit their product for the Netware test so their aggregate score is for 3 tests only.
NOD32 Antivirus has been awarded more VB100% Awards than any other AV product. In fact, in all tests conducted by Virus Bulletin Magazine since May 1998 NOD32 has not missed a single in-the-wild virus.
NOTE: NOD32 did miss out on the VB100% Award in Nov 2000. It detected all of the viruses, but produced a single false-alarm. Result: no award.
In the first test conducted by Virus Bulletin on the Suse Linux platform in April 2002, NOD32 did detect all in-the-wild viruses but for other reasons it, and all other products tested, were deemed to have failed the tests.
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PC Magazine (April 2003):
PC Magazine April's edition features the comparison review article: "Viruses: New Threats, New Defenses", of the top selected antivirus products: McAfee, NOD32, Norton AntiVirus, Panda Antivirus and PC-cillin.
Here is what the authors of the review wrote about NOD32:
"If you are a power user fed up with bloatware that devours disk space and CPU cycles, NOD32 2.0 , from Eset Software is for you.
With one of the most consistent VB100 track records, NOD32 uses sophisticated heuristics finely tuned scanning settings to blend excellent detection with unsurpassed performance...
We tested the effect of running background scanning for each personal product ...
NOD32 blew away the others on our performance test, with only 2.4 percent decrease in speed."
For more information and to add your comments, click www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,978452,00.asp.
NOD32, the fastest antivirus program according to the Swedish computer magazine MikroDatorn
In the September-October issue of the computer magazine MikroDatorn, NOD32 was choosen the fastest antivirus program out of ten products tested.
"The antivirus program that clearly distinguished itself from the rest was NOD32 […] NOD32 was the antivirus program that stood out the most in our performance tests. A full virus scan of the whole harddrive only took two minutes and two seconds, compared to the majority of the other antivirus programs that needed between five and seven minutes for accomplishing the same task."
MikroDatorn also tested how much impact the different antivirus programs had on the overall performance of the computer. NOD32 distinguished itself in this test as well:
"NOD32 performed best with a barely noticable performance impact that we rounded down to zero percent... The program required so little resources that it hardly could be measured by our benchmark program Sysmark 2000."
There is no question about it, the developers at Eset have done a remarkably fine job in developing NOD32. Not only does NOD32 do an exellent job in detecting viruses, it does it with lightning speed as well, and without having negative impact on performance.
NOD32 Antivirus System for Windows XP has received the International Computer Security Association (ICSA) Certification.
ICSA Labs, an independent division of TruSecure Corporation, has been a renowned authority in computer security research and product certification for over a decade. The ICSA Labs set performance standards for information security products and certify over 95% of the installed base of firewall, antivirus, cryptography, and IPSec products.
"NOD32 ICSA Certification is yet another mark of quality of Eset's sophisticated product. Complete detection of all virus samples of NOD32 system was combined with impressive scanning detection rate and surprisingly low system footprint," commented Larry Bridwell, ICSA Labs Content Security Programs Manager, after completion of the tests.
About ICSA Labs
ICSA Labs, an independent division of TruSecure Corporation, offers vendor-agnostic testing and certification of security products. Hundreds of the world's top security vendors submit their products for testing and certification at ICSA Labs. The end-users of security technologies rely on ICSA Labs to authoritatively set and apply objective testing and certification criteria for measuring product compliance and reliability. The organization tests 95% of products in key technology categories such as antivirus, cryptography, PKI, IPSec, VPN, firewall, PC firewall, intrusion detection and content security.
A Nod to Nod32 Article on about.com
When readers were asked to provide feedback on the antivirus products they liked or disliked, I was sent a number of emails strongly in favor of Nod32. After testing the product, I can see why.Weighing in at just over 2Mb, Nod32 should be the lightweight. Instead, they deliver a hefty punch at viruses and all but eliminate the heavier competition. Amazingly, this miniscule scanner trounces the competition with speedy scans of a mere 18 seconds without missing a single infected file. Testing was performed on a Windows 98 system, default install, with a small directory of 482 various types of files, including 11 infected. Average scan speed of competing products was 42.81 seconds.
Nod32 begins the pleasant user experience with a self-installing file that takes only moments to download. At the end of the install, the product asks if you wish to have real-time protection enabled and warns that concurrent use of real-time scanners can cause system conflicts. They also advise of the need to update the product and provide an option to do so at Windows startup. For network admins, there's an option to create copies of the software on local network drives. Nod32 also supports MAPI-email scanning for Outlook and Exchange, again going the extra mile by offering an option to install it and telling users where to enable the option should they decide to do so at a later time.
The interface is clean, offering pre-configured scan tasks and the ability to easily add new ones. The only downside is that configuration options are global, affecting all tasks, and thus custom tasks can't be created with different options.
Nod's track record of heuristics is legendary, detecting previously unknown viruses such as Melissa, LoveLetter, and MTX without requiring an update. Priced at $39 for a single user, it's clear they have a winning product. Additional product information on Eset's NOD32 antivirus scanner can be found online
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