February 19, 2009 | San Diego, CA | Press Releases

ESET Secures Record 54th Virus Bulletin VB100 Award

ESET, the leader in proactive threat protection, today announced it has captured a record 54th VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, a widely-respected independent comparative testing group. ESET is still the only company with more than 50 VB100 awards and continues to lead the industry with the highest detection rates with zero false positives – the winning formula in malware prevention. The February 2009 review saw the introduction of a brand-new testing format, called Reactive and Proactive (RAP) testing, designed to test more recent samples of malware.

Virus Bulletin introduced its first VB100 award in 1998, and conducts several comparatives every year, rotating its platforms between Linux, Windows, Windows servers and Novell Netware. In order to display the VB100 logo, an antivirus product must meet two criteria: (1) Demonstrate it detects all "In-the-Wild" viruses during both on-demand and on-access scanning; and, (2) Generate no false positives when scanning a set of clean files. Since the inception of VB100 awards in 1998, ESET's antivirus products continue to boast a success rate of over 96 percent - the industry's highest. Most antivirus vendors have success ratios in the 50 – 75 percent range.

As usual for ESET, false positives were absent despite the product's strong heuristics, and the set of WildList samples presented no problems, said John Hawes, Virus Bulletin. "Thus ESET continues its excellent run of success with another VB100 award and a performance worthy of respect."

ESET is powered by ThreatSense® technology, an advanced heuristics engine that enables proactive detection of malware not covered by even the most frequently updated signature-based products. Unlike traditional approaches, ESET solutions decode and analyze executable code in real-time, using an emulated environment. By allowing malware to execute in a secure virtual world, ESET is able to clearly differentiate between benign files and even the most sophisticated and cleverly-disguised malware.

To download a free trial of ESET's award-winning security software, visit www.eset.com/download/index.php

About ESET
ESET develops software solutions that deliver instant, comprehensive protection against evolving computer security threats. ESET pioneered and continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. ESET NOD32 Antivirus, its flagship product, consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing and is the foundational product that builds out the ESET product line to include ESET Smart Security. ESET Smart Security is an integrated antivirus, antispyware, antispam and personal firewall solution that combines accuracy, speed and an extremely small system footprint to create the most effective security solution in the industry. Both products have an extremely efficient code base that eliminates the unnecessary large size found in some solutions. This means faster scanning that doesn't slow down computers or networks. Sold in more than 160 countries, ESET has worldwide production headquarters in Bratislava, SK and worldwide distribution headquarters in San Diego, U.S. ESET also has offices in Bristol, U.K.; Buenos Aires, AR; Prague, CZ; and is globally represented by an extensive partner network. For more information, visit www.eset.com or call (619) 876-5400.