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Seven Anti-Virus Programs Fail Windows 7 Test

submitted on December 10, 2009 by shawndiaz in "Products / Gadgets"
Virus Bulletin conducted it’s most recent tests in November and the results were made available this month. The security research company evaluated 43 antimalware products (product submission deadline was October 28) for the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Professional.

Full Story and what Virus Programs passed & failed here:

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    Posted by Solstice on December 10, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Never heard of "Norman Security Suite", but judging by its location I'm betting they meant "Norton".

    Thanks for posting this Shawn. Not but 1 hour ago I was discussing with a friend on which anti-virus to buy for his new Windows 7 upgrade that arrived today. Finally we opted for Avast. Guess we chose well.
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      Posted by Tarun on December 10, 2009
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      No, there is such a thing as Norman Anti-Virus, etc. Not very well known, but it does exist.
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      Posted by Solstice on December 10, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      So it does, as I just Googled it.

      I assumed it was a typo, as I would have expected Norton to fall into the "fail" category.

      Apparently Norton must not have submitted theirs in time for testing. Wonder why? Wink
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      Posted by HouTex on December 11, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      For some reason, the parent company of Norton Antivirus chose to submit their Endpoint Security business solution for testing instead. Perhaps they're going after the business market more vigorously. For the past few years, Norton Antivirus has caused conflicts with many other applications and triggered many complaints from home users.
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    Posted by HouTex on December 11, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Posted on ZDNet: Out of the box, Win 7 less secure than Vista

    Trend Micros CEO Raimund Genes believes that Microsoft has put usability ahead of security:

    “I’m not saying Windows 7 is insecure, but out of the box Vista is better.”

    “I was disappointed when I first used a Windows 7 machine that there was no warning that I had no anti-virus, unlike Vista. There are no file extension hidden warnings either. Even when you do install anti-virus, warnings that it has not been updated are almost invisible.”

    “Windows 7 may be an improvement in terms of usability but in terms of security it’s a mistake, though one that isn’t that surprising. When Microsoft’s developers choose between usability and security, they will always choose usability.

    Interestingly, Genes believes that the XP Mode feature present in some editions of Windows 7 actually improves security because it makes available a sandboxed OS. Other security firms (in particular Sophos) have criticized XP Mode, labeling it a security risk because it needs to be patched separately.

    So, for a more secure Windows 7, Trend Micro recommends upping your User Account Control setting higher.

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