MRG Effitas MRG Effitas 360 Assessment & certification Q3 2019

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The full report:

Important charts for the home users
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One test means nothing, so I made a short report that includes the data from all three quarters in the year 2019.
Two categories were skipped: Ransomware and Exploit/Fileless. In the first category, all AVs blocked all Ransomware samples in the year 2019. The second is not relevant for the home users, because it was performed with highly vulnerable & unpatched (for years) software (this test can be relevant for enterprises and organizations).

Missed on first detection (number of samples: malware 1053, financial 265, PUA/Adware 25)
Symantec............0/1053 + 0/265 + 1/25.............= 1
Kaspersky...........0/1053 + 0/265 + 2/25.............= 2
Eset....................1/1053 + 0/265 + 2/25..............= 3
BitDefender.........1/1053 + 0/265 + 6/25.............= 7
Avira....................3/1053 + 1/265 + 3/25.............= 7
CrowdStrike.......7/1053 + 1/265 + 5/25..............= 13
Defender.............12/1053 + 0/265 + 1/25...........= 13
F-Secure.............10/1053 + 2/265 + 8/25............= 20
Avast..................26/1053 + 20/265 + 1/25......... = 47
Trend Micro.......46/1053 + 17/265 + 7/25..........= 70

Still missed after 24h
Symantec........0/1053 + 0/265 + 1/25...............= 1
Kaspersky........0/1053 + 0/265 + 1/25..............= 1
Eset.................1/1053 + 0/265 + 1/25=.............= 2
F-Secure..........2/1053 + 0/265 + 1/25...............= 3
BitDefender.....1/1053 + 0/265 + 6/25..............= 7
Defender.........3/1053 + 0/265 + 0/25.............. = 3
Avira................3/1053 + 1/265 + 3/25.............. = 7
CrowdStrike....4/1053 + 0/265 + 4/25...............= 8
Trend Micro....17/1053 + 0/265 + 2/25.............= 19
Avast...............17/1053 + 14/265 + 1/25...........= 32


The best: Eset, Kaspersky, Symantec, BitDefender. The last has slightly too much missed PUA/Adware samples.

The good: Avira, CrowdStrike, Defender, F-Secure

The rest: Avast, TrendMicro


In the final scoring, the PUA/Adware was treated as less important than malware and financial samples.
 

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The full report:

The best: Eset, Kaspersky, Symantec, BitDefender. The last has slightly too much missed PUA/Adware samples.

The good: Avira, CrowdStrike, Defender, F-Secure

The rest: Avast, TrendMicro


In the final scoring, the PUA/Adware was treated as less important than malware and financial samples.

Thanks Andy.

Concur with PUPs/PUAs being given less weight. While it's good for an AV to detect them, there are other ways, other tools... maybe not the AVs most important task.

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PUA Misses

The Exploit/fileless samples test (not shown in OP) was also interesting, giving Norton & Kaspersky rare misses.

Crowdstrike is like Cylance. They are good at what they do. They are just best not used stand-alone.
 

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Defender and the Exploit/Fileless test.
Unfortunately, MRG Effitas uses Windows 7 and Windows 10 in this test, even when in the methodology section only Windows 7 is mentioned. There is no way to know from the report, how many samples require Windows 10. Of course, the samples which were run on Windows 7 cannot be stoped by Defender, because it is not an antivirus (only anti-spyware engine is present). In the Exploit/Fileless test, Windows 7 is used because it is a common Windows version in organizations and enterprises. As we can see from several reports, the operating systems/software in organizations and enterprises are vulnerable to exploits which were patched years ago (like Eternal Blue used in WannaCry).
Anyway, in MRG Effitas 360 Degree Assessment & Certification tests the AV premium versions are tested (except Defender), which often have anti-exploit modules, so they can protect better than Defender on Windows 10 with default settings. In the Exploit/Fileless test, Defender could compete with premium AVs only with activated advanced settings, especially ASR rules.
 
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@Andy Ful sum it all, this is one if the reason i despise test labs, flawed or biased methodologies, just marketing proxies for vendors.

About WD, everyone knows, it won't do well against fileless malware, by default it is just a RT scanner, to be a valid test , Win10 enterprise should be used with the ATP and Exploit Protection feature.
 

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Ha, ha. It is always nice if your favorite horse wins 3 races in a single quarter of the year, even if it is a pure coincidence. The opposite situation is not nice, even if you know that it is probably a coincidence, too.:)
That is why some smart people invented statistics to make people less happy and less unhappy.:sneaky:
 

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Ha, ha. It is always nice if your favorite horse wins 3 races in a single quarter of the year, even if it is a pure coincidence. The opposite situation is not nice, even if you know that it is probably a coincidence, too.:)
That is why some smart people invented statistics to make people less happy and less unhappy.:sneaky:
I know I know. I'm just saying ESET did a good job in this test. I'm not shouting, "East or West, ESET is the best" 😂
 

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I know I know. I'm just saying ESET did a good job in this test. I'm not shouting, "East or West, ESET is the best" 😂
I was proud when Poland played very well in football Euro 2016, even if I knew that by coincidence most Polish players were in perfect shape again after 40 years, and this could not last long.:)(y)
By the way, ESET scores very well in MRG Effitas tests. (y)
 

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