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McAfee Internet Security and Trend Micro Fail the AV-Test Virus-Killing Test?

It was just the other day that Microsoft Security Essentials got the VB100 award, and now they’ve passed the AV-Test one again—along with a lot of other vendors. Their blog post led us over to the AV-Test results, which gave us a very interesting fact…

That’s right, McAfee Internet Security 2010 and Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010 both failed the tests—the former on failure to clean up infections, and the latter on failure to prevent them in the first place. Interesting! Here’s a screenshot of the test, but you can click through to see the whole thing.

AV-Test.org [via Windows Blog]

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  • Published 08/19/10

Comments (4)

  1. Joe Ponder

    Thanks for posting this information. I recently dropped my subscription to McAfee and downloaded Charter Security Suite (Free). Your article gives me greater confidence in my decision.

  2. Gerald Chess

    I concur with the above post entirely. I got Trend Micro internet security for one year free and after using it for two days uninstalled it. It took that long to lose all the confidence I had in it. I have had no experience with McAfee but what I heard about it hasn’t given too much confidence in it’s abilities.

  3. Tony

    How ironic as Intel pays 7.7 billion with a b for McAfee.

  4. rino

    i concur with the reports regarding trendmicro. i am a network administrator at our company and we use trendmicro’s officescan for both deskstops and servers. since last year, i’ve encountered malwares that officescan just didn’t prevent in the first place AND don’t know what to do with it. it flagged it though but the action was to let it pass.

    to remedy my problem i used avira’s and it always catches and prevents the malwares. MSE also catches and prevents such malwares but officescan continually don’t know what to do with it. doesn’t even have the pattern for it unless i send a sample to their AV team which to me is illogical since they should be the ones who are always updated not the customers.

    next year, i’m dumping trendmicro products.

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