2004 Desktop antivirus product reviews: Evaluating 10 antivirus products

Ed Skoudis outlines the specifications of the desktop antivirus product reviews he conducted for Information Security magazine.

Information Security tested 10 enterprise desktop antivirus products for attack evasion, resilience and the ability to detect malware other than viruses and worms, such as backdoors, spyware and *nix attack code. In computing our final grades for each product, we put particular emphasis on each product's enterprise management tools.

Specifically, we tested:

  • Computer Associate's eTrust Antivirus 7.0
  • F-Secure AntiVirus 5.42 and Policy Manager Console 5.5
  • Grisoft's AVG Anti-Virus 7.0 and AVGADMIN 7.0
  • Kaspersky Labs' Anti-Virus Network Control Centre 4.5.0
  • Network Associates' McAfee Active Virus Defense Suite 7.1.0
  • Panda Software's Panda ClientShield 1.91.01 and Admin Secure 3.01.01
  • PestPatrol Corporate Edition (Engine 5.5.2 and Management Console 1.0.0.7)
  • Sophos Anti-Virus 3.78
  • Symantec's SAV Corporate 9.0
  • Trend Micro's OfficeScan 5.5

Central Command, Eset Software and Microsoft declined to participate. F-Prot didn't respond to our invitation. Gordano responded to our request for products but didn't fit our criteria.

Throughout our testing, we looked at on-demand (immediate or scheduled) and real-time (upon file access) scanning.

We used a Windows 2000 Server as the enterprise antivirus server, managing four Windows XP Professional workstation systems. Each antivirus product was installed on a fresh operating system with no other applications. For safety, we moved all malware specimens via CD-ROM.


>> Read Ed Skoudis' review of 10 enterprise desktop antivirus products.
This was first published in June 2004

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