Monday, March 12, 2012

Comparative Analysis on 7 Commercial Anti-Virus

This is a report on comparative analysis done by PassMark Software on seven known commercial anti-virus tools. The comparative analysis is done on:

  1. ESET Smart Security 4 Business Edition
  2. Kaspersky Business Space Security
  3. McAfee Total Protection for Endpoint
  4. Microsoft Forefront Client Security
  5. Symantec Endpoint Protection
  6. Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection
  7. Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security: Standard Edition


The criteria used for evaluation are:

  1. Installation and configuration
  2. Migration
  3. Default Policies
  4. Client Installation
  5. Interface Design
  6. Client and Policy Management
  7. Remote Management
  8. Updates
  9. Common Use Cases
  10. Effectiveness
  11. Performance


Based on the comparative analysis done, ESET came out first and followed by Kaspersky and Symantec. For detail reports, please get it here.


I'm looking for comparative analysis on free/OSS antivirus tools as I believed many home/personal user will used this rather than spending extra pocket money to used commercial anti-virus product.

On the other hand, this evaluation is more generic evaluation. I do preferred a detail analysis on Effectiveness and Stability and Zero-day attack prevention capability which is not performed here. Anyway, it can be a baseline/guides for those who wish to buy any of the seven commercial product for their business needs.

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