NEWS - October 15, 2010
by Donna Buenaventura - 10/15/10 1:48 AM
Comodo: 'We Beat Norton!'
Three weeks ago Comodo Security Solutions threw down the gauntlet. Responding to a Symantec product manager publicly who stated that free antivirus solutions can't protect as well as "more mature paid suites", Comodo chief executive Melih Abdulhayoglu challenged Symantec to an independent test to verify whether Comodo or Norton can protect users better.
Symantec reasonably responded that many independent tests already exist, and that Norton products are evaluated in almost all of them. Symantec suggested Comodo simply participate in those same tests.
Comodo immediately commissioned an evaluation by well-regarded testing lab AV-Test.org. The test measured each product's ability to prevent infestation by 30 brand-new zero-day threats. Comodo reports that their free antivirus scored 100 percent for "overall detection and protection" while Norton scored just 90 percent. "Not only are we as good," said Abdulhayoglu, "we're better at protecting the computer from completely new viruses and malware and it's FREE." A Comodo PR representative stated, "At this point, Comodo expects a public apology from Symantec".
A closer look at the detailed results reveals that there's more to the story. The test shows that both Comodo and Norton detected and warned about 100 percent of the threats, though Norton got just 90 percent for the "Overall Detection and Blocking Rate". Comodo didn't mention that for the "Overall Detection, Blocking and Removal (Cleaning) Rate" their product scored 53 percent to Norton's 80 percent.
Symantec's response pointed up the mixed nature of the test's results. "We are pleased to see that Norton detected a perfect 100 percent of threats [and] ? far outperformed the competitor in the comprehensive test, which proves whether a product can detect, block and remove threats? Norton helps keep the system running clean, versus the competition which leaves a much higher percentage of malware on a user's system."