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Learn About Tuneups are happy to announce the participants of their annual public test-series of 2012: International participants: AhnLab (NEW), Avast, AVG, AVIRA, Bitdefender, Bullguard (NEW), eScan, ESET, Fortinet (NEW), F-Secure, G DATA, GFI (NEW), Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Panda, PC Tools, Sophos, Trend Micro, Webroot. Chinese participants: 360 Qihoo, QQ Tencent 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 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 [email protected] Symantec Norton is always welcome to rejoin the public annual test series af AV-Comparatives. Source: [AV Comparatives Site Removed Old Forum] Our take: It would appear to the casual observer of Symantec participation in other anti-malware tests, that they appear to “cherry pick” the tests to participate in – which may indicate they are only putting themselves in for tests which make their products appear better than they really are – ie, avoiding the tests, rather than working on the technology and using the test results to improve their offerings…