Sophos Anti-Virus achieves 100% detection of in-the-wild viruses in AV-Test.Org tests

January 03, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Sophos Anti-Virus has successfully achieved a perfect 100% score in the latest in-the-wild virus detection tests conducted by AV-Test.Org, in both on-demand and on-access modes.

AV-Test.Org's independent tests evaluated 20 different anti-virus products for their detection rates on the Windows NT 4, Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional operating systems.

Sophos outperformed a number of competing products which missed some of the commonly encountered in-the-wild viruses.

"New viruses are breaking into the wild faster than ever before," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "We are delighted that AV-Test.Org, a respected independent testing body, has confirmed the quality of our product. This positive result joins others such as those from ICSA, Virus Bulletin and West Coast Labs, which have confirmed the superb detection rate of Sophos Anti-Virus"

About AV-Test.org

AV-Test.org is a joint research project of the University of Magdeburg and GEGA IT-Solutions GbR. The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg is located in Germany and has over 13500 students. The tests are conducted in the research labs at the Workgroup Business Information Systems at the Institute of Technical and Business Information systems. Currently, the virus test lab has two professors and approximately 15 students working regularly on virus replication, analysis and tests of anti-virus products. GEGA IT-Solutions GbR is a security consultancy company with a special focus on computer virus incidents.

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