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Link to AV Evaluation Site

A year or two ago I had a link to a website that was considered to be one of the definitive sources for the evaluation of AV & Security software/suites.
It was one of those used by a lot of the popular pc sites for listing their "Top 10" lists.

I can't seem to find the links in my hoard of bookmarks.

Any help?
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Al Jee

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Speed54

You're looking for a new av? Can we ask why?
Al Jee

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dbrunton> I've seen that site.
One thing that bothers me is they have not included Symantec/Norton in their tests.
I have not received an explanation.
dbrunton

and http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391871,00.asp for more links.

>>  One thing that bothers me is they have not included Symantec/Norton in their tests.

Well, it might be a hint that Norton isn't the choice of champions any more.  Also see the link above for more review sites.

A few years ago Norton was considered big and slow.  Also the first target of viruses.  I understand they have fixed the problem and it is better but I'm not sure if it is Numero Uno.  Kapersky was regarded as being the best then.  As for the current best I'm not knowledgable there.

For home use I'd recommend one of the three A's - AVG, Avast, Avira (these are the free versions).  However I've just dumped two of these from my own and parent's machine and have gone to MSE (free) http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/products/security-essentials due to slowness on bootup.

If surfing consists of going to known safe sites and not venturing into the shady side of the Internet then MSE will do most of it.  Disable any Java in the Addons of the browser, use Chrome (best) or Firefox as browser, an updated hosts file http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm as well.  Get a good firewall as well, Zone Alarm or Commodo (these recommendations are probably dated), you can't trust the Microsoft one.

For Firefox use NoScript https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/ and only enable Javascript when you need it.  Does slow the surfing down occasionally.
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James Murphy
Al Jee

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I use No Script.

I've seen PC Mag & PC World sing the praises of an AV product in one part of the mag & bitch about it in another article in the same issue. I'm tying to avoid that type of ambiguity [ or incompetence].

Norton has been evaled at pretty high up the past few years.
Certainly better than McAfee.

I am pretty successful at setting up my own security. I haven't picked up more than a handful of tracking cookies & 2 or 3 minor Trojans in the past 10 years so that's not what's at issue here, but thanks.

I'm just looking for serious objective evaluation sources that I can use for critical judgement about the real effectiveness of AV/Malware apps.
hes

This is caused by a Canon G12
dhsindy

Like most things you get what you pay for - I run a Internet Suite because I have multiple brain dead users on my system.

Here is a link to some anti-malware reviews for software that doesn't include all the bell and whistles just the good stuff.  One size doesn't fit all:

http://anti-malware-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

I looked through my links but couldn't anything that you might be trying to find.  :-(
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dhsindy

I don't really trust sites that sell what they are reviewing.
Al Jee

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Yeah.
I tend to avoid all those "xxx software reviews.com" type links. I don't trust them any farther than I can throw a 4-bedroom apartment.

That 1st link by dbrunton is the closest to what I was looking for. [I'm still waiting to hear from them as to why they omitted Symantec; that bothers me a bit]
It seems to me that the one I used to use was a European link, but I'll be dipped and buttered if I can find it.
dbrunton

You weren't thinking of these guys were you?  http://www.matousec.com/

Firewall evaluation though.
This is the best money I have ever spent. I cannot not tell you how many times these folks have saved my bacon. I learn so much from the contributors.
rwheeler23
Al Jee

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hmmm......

Maybe.

My 25 cents is about used up so I'll check in detail, later.

Seems like a good link, though.
Al Jee

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They never responded to my inquiries about the exclusion of Symantec/Norton from their tests, but they seem to be the only independent testers around any more.
Thanks!