AV-Test, an independent IT and security research institute, tested how well existing mobile anti-virus solutions held up. How well did they do? “Nearly two-thirds of Android antivirus products offered on the market today cannot be considered reliable enough for use,” they said.
Their test involved 41 solutions, which were installed either on an Android emulator or on real devices, and tested with 618 pieces of Android malware – all variants of over 20 different malware families – that included phishing- and banking-Trojans, spyware, bots, root exploits, SMS fraud, premium dialers and fake installers. The results were the following:
- 7 of the tested solutions detected more that 90 percent of the used malware. The products in question are developed by Avast, Dr Web, F-Secure, Ikarus, Kaspersky, Zoner and Lookout.
- 10 of the tried solutions spotted over 65 percent of the used malware. Among those are products by AVG, BitDefender, ESET, Trend Micro, GFI, and mobile AV specialists Super Security and AegisLab.
- 6 of the solutions identified less than 40 percent of the malware. The solutions in question are those from Bullguard, Comodo, G Data, McAfee, NetQin and Total Defense.
- 12 of the solutions detected between 0 and 40 percent of the malware, and this group does not include any traditional anti-virus vendor.
- For the remaining 6 of the 41 tested solutions, the researchers couldn’t determine whether they scanned the malware set correctly or not or whether they are able to detect anything at all (including the EICAR test file).
All in all, the researchers concluded that the could recommend the 17 solutions in the first two groups to users, and that the rest should be avoided and that their developers should continue working on them.
via HelpNet Security