Sophos Anti-Virus receives Virus Bulletin's coveted 100% award

February 03, 1998 Sophos Press Release

WOBURN, MA - Sophos, the leading developer of network anti-virus software, today announced it has received the sought after VB 100% award from Virus Bulletin, the international publication on computer virus prevention.

In the test, Virus Bulletin examined twenty products including both McAfee VirusScan and Symantec Norton Anti-Virus. The award is granted to products that detect 100% of viruses in its 'In the Wild' test set. Neither McAfee or Symantec achieved this. According to VB, "Virus Bulletin anti-virus software tests are the authoritative tests recognized by the anti-virus industry."

"We're delighted with this new award," said Richard Jacobs, President of Sophos, Inc. "This underlines Sophos's excellence in virus detection. Not only does it show that we can detect viruses, but that we can react to new viruses quicker and more effectively than other anti-virus vendors. While other manufacturers put gimmicks ahead of detection, at Sophos we have a simple design philosophy: First we make it stop viruses, then we make it easy to administer, then we make it pretty. This award confirms the first of these. The rest of the product speaks for itself."

"This is a more stringent test than that applied by some commercial certification companies, whose standard tests typically use a WildList two to three months prior to the product release date," said Nick FitzGerald, editor of Virus Bulletin. "Products that do not already detect viruses that are newly added to the wild list show a lag in their research and/or intelligence gathering."

Unlike other tests, Virus Bulletin uses the current 'WildList' to carry out anti-virus software analysis. The product must detect all viruses listed on the 'WildList' at the time of the deadline for product entries.