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Antivirus Testing and AMTSO Has anything changed?
Testing any software is much harder than most people seem to think it is, and testing anti-malware products is particularly hard, since few people are well acquainted with the esoteric of malicious and security technologies. Detection is obviously important in evaluating an anti-malware scanner, but it’s particularly hard to test accurately. The idea that anyone with some scanners and some samples can do an adequate test doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Even the best testers can produce significantly inconsistent results, and that’s inevitable given the nature of the threat landscape.