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Ad-Aware Earns Prestigious Virus Bulletin Award

Ever wonder about Ad-Aware's advanced detection abilities, and how exactly this anti-malware technology measures up against industry competitors? We have the scoop for you this month!

We are very proud to announce that Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security has been awarded the prestigious VB100 award!

In a comparative test published in Virus Bulletin's August issue, Ad-Aware Pro achieved one of the top results for malware detection. Virus Bulletin independently tests anti-virus products and those products which pass the tests are awarded the VB100. The test review covers a range of criteria, including detection rates, design and usability, and performance.

Virus Bulletin independently tests anti-virus products and those products which pass the tests are awarded the VB100. The review covers a range of criteria, including detection rates, scanning speed, design and usability, and performance. This time, 54 popular anti-virus products participated in the test that was conducted on a Windows Vista Business Edition platform.

Ad-Aware successfully detected 100% of the viruses from Virus Bulletin's "WildList", which is a list that consists of real world malware reported during the past month. Viruses are generally categorized as "in the wild" when they are spreading as a result of normal day-to-day activities of unsuspecting computer users. This time, a large part of the "WildList" consisted of social networking and online gaming data stealers. Ad-Aware also scored highly by detecting nearly every one of the samples of trojans, worms, bots and polymorphic threats.

"Millions of computer users across the globe put their trust in Ad-Aware to protect their PC's from viruses, spyware and rootkits. Receiving an award such as this, from one of the best independent test-organizations, confirms that Ad-Aware provides an industry-leading defense against today's cyber threats," says Johnny Widerlund, CTO at Lavasoft.

Another aspect to the review includes the Reactive and Proactive (RAP) test. RAP testing measures a product's detection abilities against the most recent malware. According to Virus Bulletin, "RAP (Reactive and Proactive) testing provides deeper insight into products' ability to keep up with the flood of new malware emerging around the world..."

With an overall RAP score of 89.3%, and by receiving the second to highest score in the proactive test, Ad-Aware out-performed the vast majority of the software tested. The results place Ad-Aware in the upper range among all the ranked anti-virus products, well above many of the top competitors.

The latest RAP scores

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What exactly is a RAP detection score? RAP testing measures a product's reactive and proactive detection abilities against the most recent malware that emerges every day across the globe — and puts the product's heuristics and generic techniques to the test. To conduct the testing, Virus Bulletin measures the software's detection rates of four separate sets of malware samples. Three of the test sets are made up of malware seen in each of the three weeks leading up to the product's submission for testing; by doing this, the test is able to measure how quickly the product is able to react to newly appearing malware. The fourth test set is comprised of malware samples seen in the week after the product's submission for testing; by doing this, the test is able to measure the product's aptitude in proactively detecting new and unknown malware samples.

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