CNET Labs compares the performance of antivirus apps.
By Robert Vamosi (October 26, 2006)
For the first time in nearly two years, we have an Editors' Choice winner for antivirus protection. Of the products we've tested and reviewed thus far, we think offers the best value and performance. improved some over last year, but , despite adding a firewall, failed to move up. New this year is , an excellent application, but one that's best suited for more advanced users. Look for additional reviews for CA Anti-virus 2007 and BitDefender 10 within the next few weeks.
How we test
Testing done by CNET
Labs focuses on how a given antivirus scan affects the performance of a few real-world tasks. For example, in the Apple iTunes 6.0.1 test, we time how long it takes to convert 19 WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files. To see how a given antivirus app performs when stopping malicious code, we recommend viewing the latest test results published by independent antivirus testing organizations AV-comparatives and
Norton AntiVirus 2007 By rewriting much of the code, Symantec made Norton AntiVirus 2007 faster and lighter than its 2006 version, but a few glitches here and there keep us from granting it our Editors' Choice award.