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Test results from independent labs around the world are invaluable in helping identify the best antivirus products. The vast majority of these tests focus on Windows/PC malware, though tests of Android protection are becoming more common. We hardly ever see Macintosh security products put to the test, so the just-published results from AV-Test Institute are very welcome. Well, perhaps not so welcome for some vendors, as detection rates ranged from 100 percent to less than 20 percent.

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It seems the Internet is awash in malware aimed at corrupting PCs and Android devices, while Macs get short shrift. Andreas Marx, AV-Test's CEO, laid out the immense disparity in malware prevalence between the platforms. "Every day, we're registering more than 400,000 new malware for Windows and 5,000 new samples for Android," said Marx. "However, we're identifying less than 100 malicious Mac OS programs per month."
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Mac Antivirus Products Prove Effective in Whole-Product Test

Yesterday I commented on how rarely we see Mac antivirus products put to the test, compared to the widespread lab testing of PC antivirus. Wouldn't you know it, another major testing lab has just released Mac antivirus test results today. AV-Comparatives performed a multi-faceted evaluation of nine Mac antivirus products and found most of them to be effective.

Different Testing Style
The previous test report included 18 products. Researchers at AV-Test Institute exposed each product to 117 Mac-specific malicious program, scripts, and archives, noting how many were detected in a full scan. They also checked on-access detection using all but the archived samples.

A number of products scored 100 percent detection in both tests, but scores ranged downward from there, all the way to less than 20 percent. Mac antivirus products from Trend Micro, McAfee, and Webroot all came in below 40 percent, and Norton's detection rate wasn't much above 50 percent.
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