In the latest AV-Test Self-Protection of Antivirus Software test ESET has repeated its success from last year and scored 100% with ESET Smart Security, being the only solution in its category to reach that score for a second time.
Most of the malware now targets the IT security solution in order to disable it. Using self-protection technologies DEP (Data Execution Prevention) and ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomisation) as a supporting measure reduces the risk and makes the solution more secure.
In the key test of the self-defence capabilities of IT security software, AV-Test examined whether these protection technologies were implemented in connection with user-mode PE (portable executable) files for 32- and 64-bit solutions. In addition, the valid certificate signature of files was tested, too.
AV-Test reviewed 21 consumer security suites and 10 corporate security solutions to see if DEP and ASLR, which are freely available protection mechanisms, being used in the program code.
“Out of the consumer solutions tested with DEP and ASLR, only ESET recorded 100% protection for the second time. Also in terms of digitally signed files, ESET, Symantec and McAfee did a good job,” said Andreas Marx, CEO at AV-TEST GmbH.
“At ESET we are dedicated to making the products that protect millions of users. To succeed at it, we must first and foremost be able to protect ourselves. It’s nice to see tests out there validate that we are doing well in this regard,” said Pavol Luka, Chief Technology Officer at ESET.