Does anyone know why AV comparatives

Apr 22, 2012 10:12AM PDT

is no longer testing Symantec? I use Norton Security Suite and was wondering how it is doing against viruses. I went to av comparatives to look and see and here they have new tests but Symantec is not listed in these tests. Thank you.


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Why AV-Comparatives Chose Not To Include Symantec / Norton
Apr 22, 2012 11:31PM PDT

According the administrator of the AV-Comparatives Forum:

'AV-Comparatives regret to announce that Symantec Norton have decided not to enter its security product in the AV-Comparatives test series for 2012.

In order to ensure that our test results give a complete and accurate picture of a product's capabilities, AV-Comparatives has strict rules about which tests every product must take part in, and which tests are optional. This is to ensure that the aggregated results best reflect the actual protection the tested products provide to their customers.

As Symantec Norton declined to participate in the File Detection Test, we will unfortunately not be able to provide our readers with any test results for Symantec Norton in 2012. Symantec Norton have the option of officially returning to the tests, but only in accordance with the standard conditions, namely that results of all compulsory tests will be published.

AV-Comparatives allowed manufacturers to opt out of the Proactive Protection Test, and have also made participation in the Phishing Test optional. Whilst phishing is an important security issue, it is different from protection against malware, and not all security products include anti-phishing protection.

Symantec Norton have indicated that they do not wish to participate in the File Detection Test. AV-Comparatives, based on feedback from our users, regard this test as still being of fundamental importance in evaluating the overall effectiveness of anti-malware software, second only to the Whole Product "Real World" Protection Test (WPT). A product could score highly in the WPT by e.g. blocking known source URLs for malware code, but fail to protect adequately if the malware is already resident on the target computer or arrives through a different channel (e.g., a USB drive). Consequently, AV-Comparatives require all participating manufacturers to take the File Detection Test. If we did not, the results of the other tests might give a misleading picture as to the overall protection offered by a product.

Should you wish to express your opinion to Symantec Norton in this regard, AV-Comparatives will forward mails which are sent to

Symantec Norton is always welcome ro rejoin the public annual test series af AV-Comparatives.

Hope this helps..

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Success breads failure
Apr 23, 2012 2:29AM PDT

It has been my humble opinion that Symantec has been a slow slide down for the last 4 or 5 years. They became successful and a leader in the field back in the 90's. In the mid 2000 you could see how that started a bad trend in their products. They have become to heavy and a resource hog. My biggest complaint with them was how they wanted to take control away from me and make the decisions for me concerning what they called a firewall. That then migrated to the AV and other programs they produced. This attempt by them to bypass one of the critical test so as not to expose they are dropping the ball is not going to bode well for them. I dropped Nortons and anything Symantec a long time ago and have not looked back. There have been better AV out there for quite some time and have been advising people to make the switch.

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