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2006.08.03, 11:17

Most popular anti-malware programs give worst protection

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Most popular anti-malware programs give worst protection
The most popular anti-virus programs -- Symantec, McAfee and Trend -- are the least effective, because new malware writers test their code against the best-used apps.

However, the actual reason why the top selling antivirus applications don't work is because malware authors are specifically testing their Trojans and viruses to make sure they can bypass these applications before releasing them in the wild.

"The most popular brands of antivirus on the market have an 80 percent miss rate. So if you are running these pieces of software, eight out of 10 pieces of malicious code are going to get in," said Ingram.

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