vb100Security Products from top Security Software vendors like Symantec and CA failed to clear the critical PC Security tests VB100, performed by the independent security analyst Virus Bulletin. This test is performed every month from the product submitted by different vendors for benchmarking their products against industry requirements.

This month VB’s test team put 35 products through their paces on Windows Vista. After sifting through product freezes, crashes, hangs, logging difficulties and false positives, they observed that 12 products out of the 35 failed due to one reason or another and therefore failed to achieve the VB100 certification standard.

The main issues because of which these software failed was either related to failure to identify a notable a nd prevailing security threat or identifying a benign file in your computer as dangerous, also known as false positive.

THe VB100 Security Test Procedure

Following excerpt defines the test schedule in nutshell.

The basic requirements are that a product detects, both on demand and on access, in its default settings, all malware known to be ‘In the Wild’ at the time of the review, and generates no false positives when scanning a set of clean files.

Various other tests are also carried out as part of the comparative review process, including speed measurements, and results and conclusions are included with the review. The results of these secondary tests do not affect a product’s qualification for VB100 certification.

[Link] This is the link to the summary of the results. You will require to register (free) to see the results.