Corrected at 6:50 a.m. PDT March 26: The last paragraph has been revised to correctly describe a second antivirus partnership.
Together, the pair said, they intend by year's end to create a unique system of integrated tests for determining the effectiveness of commercial antivirus software.
Andrea Clementi, founder of AV-Comparatives, said in a statement that "the partnership with Anti-Malware Test Lab will allow us to evaluate more aspects of antivirus software and to offer users a more comprehensive independent view of various security products."
Clementi further hinted that if this alliance works out, there may be additional alliances of independent antivirus software-testing labs.
"I'm sure that our partnership will act as a driving force for the development of the industry as a whole," said Sergey Ilyin, founder of Anti-Malware Test Lab. Anti-Malware Test Lab is an independent Russian test laboratory, a subsidiary of Anti-Malware.ru. The laboratory is best known for testing active infection treatments, antivirus heuristics, and anti-rootkit protection.
This is the second partnership of antivirus-testing organizations in recent months.
In January, various antivirus vendors, independent testing labs, and media outlets gathered in Spain to work toward creating the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO). That group includes vendors F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Panda Software, and Symantec, and independent testing labs AV-Test.org and AV-Comparatives. The alliance announced on Tuesday is different, said Clementi, because it allows Anti-Malware.ru to share AV-Comparatives' test results.