Making Sense of Anti-Malware Comparative Testing

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This is an Elsevier article preprint of an article on the main issues around comparative testing of antivirus/antimalware products, made available here by permission of Elsevier.

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If there’s a single problem illustrating the gulf between the anti-malware industry and the rest of the online world, it revolves around the difficulties and misunderstandings that plague product testing and evaluation. This article considers these issues and the initiatives taken by the anti-malware and testing sectors to resolve some of them.


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