Sophos wins CHIP anti-virus test

April 17, 2000 Sophos Press Release

Sophos Anti-Virus, Europe's leading developer of corporate anti-virus solutions, has achieved first place in a prestigious test conducted by Germany's leading professional IT magazine.

The test, published in the May 2000 edition of CHIP, was conducted in co-ordination with the University of Magdeburg in collaboration with GEGA Software and Medienservice.

In a test of 14 different anti-virus products Sophos Anti-Virus beat software from all other vendors including Network Associates, Symantec, F-Secure, Panda Software, Computer Associates, Command Software, Kaspersky Labs, and Norman Data Defense.

Sophos Anti-Virus was the only product to achieve an overall score of more than 90%. CHIP magazine commented "The least resource hungry of all the tested products, coupled with monthly CD ROM and daily internet updates clearly gives Sophos Anti-Virus first place."

"We are delighted to have the quality of Sophos Anti-Virus confirmed by these tests," said Graham Cluley, head of corporate communications at Sophos. "These latest CHIP results further strengthen our position as the anti-virus product best suited to the corporate marketplace."

Sophos's superb performance contrasted strongly with competitors such as McAfee VirusScan from Network Associates and Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus.

CHIP said of McAfee VirusScan which achieved 12th place: "Of all the programs VirusScan is the most memory hungry and has an update model capable of being improved."

Meanwhile Norton Anti-Virus, which achieved 9th position, was described as having "a major impact on system resources".

The full review can be read in the May 2000 edition of CHIP magazine. Please click here to download the review (PDF file). It is also available on the CHIP magazine website.

You can also view the test results from the University of Magdeburg in collaboration with GEGA Software and Medienservice at