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
"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
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.