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    Question Number of Virus Definitions

    I wonder how many viuses do specific anti-virus programs scan for, and know of their existance...
    I use NAV, last virus db update 10 secs before this post;
    Number of virus definitions = 60441


    So what about your's?
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    I use Kaspersky. I based my choice on an anti-virus-scanner-test in a Belgian magazine. Here are the results of that test (tested with 18.740 viruses, on februari 26,2002):

    Symantec Norton Antivirus 2002
    Viruses in database: 58.459 (updated Jan. 16, 2002)

    Detection
    .com-viruses: 13.598
    .exe: 3.104
    Other binary viruses: 2
    Macroviruses: 238

    Detection-success: 82%

    Cleaning

    .com-viruses: 3.940
    .exe: 994
    other binary viruses: 0
    Macroviruses: 227

    Cleaning-succes: 56% / detection
    48% / total of 18.000 viruses

    Kaspersky Antiviral Toolkit Pro

    Viruses in database: 50.691 (updated Dec. 21, 2002)

    Detection
    .com-viruses: 14.059
    .exe: 3.221
    Other binary viruses: 14
    Macroviruses: 245

    Detection-success: 90%

    Cleaning

    .com-viruses: 9.616
    .exe: 2.357
    other binary viruses: 0
    Macroviruses: 234

    Cleaning-succes: 78% / detection
    70% / total of 18.000 viruses

    Alwil Avast32

    Viruses in database: 22.169 (updated Jan. 11, 2002)

    Detection
    .com-viruses: 13.133
    .exe: 2.782
    Other binary viruses: 1
    Macroviruses: 230

    Detection-success: 77%

    Cleaning

    .com-viruses: 13.133
    .exe: 2.782
    other binary viruses: 0
    Macroviruses: 230

    Cleaning-succes: 95% / detection
    76% / total of 18.000 viruses

    F-Secure Antivirus

    Viruses in database: - (uses the Kaspersky database) (updated Jan. 22, 2002)

    Detection
    .com-viruses: 13.940
    .exe: 3.194
    Other binary viruses: 12
    Macroviruses: 243

    Detection-success: 88%

    Cleaning

    .com-viruses: 10.016
    .exe: 2.349
    other binary viruses: 0
    Macroviruses: 236

    Cleaning-succes: 79% / detection
    70% / total of 18.000 viruses

    NAI MCAfee Virusscan

    Viruses in database: 59.643 (updated Dec. 21, 2002)

    Detection
    .com-viruses: 12.797
    .exe: 2.390
    Other binary viruses: 7
    Macroviruses: 243

    Detection-success: 83%

    Cleaning

    .com-viruses: 6.565
    .exe: 1.819
    other binary viruses: 0
    Macroviruses: 230

    Cleaning-succes: 71% / detection
    61% / total of 18.000 viruses


    Statistics, statistics...

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    It doesn't actually make any difference how many viruses a certain AV product can recognize since the majority of the viruses do not exist anymore. There are also thousands of viruses that some people just made to "impress" anti-virus researchers. They actually let their code to spread, just sent it to AV houses.

    What is important is that the AV product finds viruses that are in the wild. Check the wild list at http://www.virusbtn.com/WildLists/. Note that the wild list is very small compared to the whole list of viruses that products are supposed to find (and maybe clean).

    - karnevil9

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    Thnx for those nice info guys.
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    Originally posted here by Negative

    Kaspersky Antiviral Toolkit Pro

    Viruses in database: 50.691 (updated Dec. 21, 2002)

    NAI MCAfee Virusscan

    Viruses in database: 59.643 (updated Dec. 21, 2002)

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    Umm... dumb question but how could it be updated in December of 2002 when it's only April? Is this one of those super futuristic type of AVs?
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    I update my copy of NAV by using LiveUpdater. The number of viruses detected is 60441.
    Were I to update NAV using the Symantec IntelligentUpdater, the number of viruses detected would be 60516.

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