Thursday, June 5, 2008

Leading position in performance test: Avira, once again, receives the “Advanced Plus Award” from AV-Comparatives

With its proactive detection performance Avira wins against 15 competitors and receives the Advanced Plus Award from the independent test laboratory AV-Comparatives

Tettnang, 5 June 2008 – Three stars for Avira: AV-Comparatives has awarded Avira AntiVir Premium with the highest distinction, the ‘Advanced Plus Award***’. This large-scale comparative test saw the German IT security expert achieve an excellent score for its proactive detection performance. In the “Speed” category Avira managed with its extremely low error rate to get onto the winner’s podium. In the first part of the test in February 2008 Avira AntiVir Premium achieved excellent results.

A decisive test criteria was used in the current comparison for proactive detection performance of antivirus software. The virus scanners had to deal with a selection of unknown malware samples, which AV-Comparatives had collected within over a defined time period. At the beginning of this test period the antivirus programs were frozen, so that the software was no longer updated. The Avira AntiVir Premium scan engine detected 72 percent of these digital bugs and left the competitor’s products behind due to the combination of reliability and speed.

Avira’s heuristic analysis method AHeAD-(Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection) technology is responsible for this positive test result. AHeAD proactively recognizes unknown malware, i.e. before any special recognition pattern against the bug has been created. Avira relies among other things on innovative structure analysis: the heuristics determine on the basis of the characteristics of the file, of the progression of significant code sequences or of certain behavior patterns, whether it is a bug file or a virulent file. For the user this system means maximum security – the Avira antivirus software protects the user against the known destructive programs of today and also against the malware of tomorrow.

During the test Avira’s heuristic detection method found 90 percent of all new Windows viruses, 71 percent of unknown worms, 79 percent of the newly created backdoors as well as 69 percent of the current Trojans, which the test laboratory let loose on the software. “We are very proud of these wonderful results”, said Tjark Auerbach, Founder and Managing Director. “This has shown us again that our team is on the right path with the research and development of our solutions and that we are able to offer our customers reliable protection against the increasingly growing threat from viruses and malware.”

Avira AntiVir Premium’s new version 8 is immediately available in the shops or directly in the Avira online shop with a price starting of $44.99. The award-winning search engine is even quicker in the current version and hunts down malware with 20 percent more throughput capacity. The new version is even more secure when surfing the web due to the newly integrated WebGuard module. WebGuard checks the http-based Internet traffic for infections and automatically blocks phishing and malware-URLs.

More information on the comparative test can be obtained under www.av-comparatives.org.

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Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.