Avatar of Al Jee
Al Jee
Flag for Cabo Verde asked on

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?
Anti-Virus AppsOS SecurityAnti-Spyware

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
Al Jee

8/22/2022 - Mon

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question

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

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.

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.
Experts Exchange is like having an extremely knowledgeable team sitting and waiting for your call. Couldn't do my job half as well as I do without it!
James Murphy
Al Jee

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.

This is caused by a Canon G12

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:


I looked through my links but couldn't anything that you might be trying to find.  :-(
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.

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

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.

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.
Al Jee



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

Seems like a good link, though.
Al Jee

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.