April hasn't been a good month for anyone who uses Windows XP and is concerned about computer security. On Friday I talked about the McAfee update glitch that crashed computers around the world.
Stumbling blocks for the products in this test included failure to detect complex polymorphic viruses and false alarms produced on clean files from major providers including Adobe, Microsoft, Google and Sun.
Yet 40 products did gain VB100 award status, which meant that all "in the wild" viruses were detected through different scanning options and no false positives were recorded. XP has been around for a decade and remains the most-used operating system in the world. Said VB test director John Hawes:
Developers should be producing rock-solid software for it time after time. I'm sure any user who sees their system brought to a halt by their security software will vote with their feet and take their [business] elsewhere."
Companies whose products missed the mark include Microsoft, Frisk, Norman and Fortinet, while SpyDoctor with AntiVirus won an advanced + rating.