Virus Test Center
University of Hamburg
Computer Science Department

AntiVirus Scanner Tests July 2004

published (updated) December 31, 2004

Detailed information about the test, its methods and viral databases, as well as detailed test results are available for anonymous FTP download from:

Inside the ZIP file, you can find the following documents (which you can also read "online"):

  1. Latest Notes
  2. Executive Summary: Test Report 2004-07
  3. Description of the files included in the test documentation
  4. Background, aims of this test
  5. Introduction: background, aims, development of VTC Tests
  6. Conditions which a scanner must fulfil in order to be tested
  7. Detailed description of VTC virus testing protocol
  8. Detailed results: Windows-2000 File, Macro and Script Virus and Malware Test Results
  9. Detailed results: Windows-XP File, Macro and Script Virus and Malware Test Results
  10. Detailed results: Comparison of 32-Bit (Win2k, WinXP) Test Results
  11. Detailed results: LINUX (Suse) File, Macro and Script Virus and Malware Test Results
  12. Detailed results: Comparison of ALL platforms (Win2k, WinXP, Linux) Test Results
  13. Evaluation and Grading of Windows-2000 products
  14. Evaluation and Grading of Windows-XP products
  15. Evaluation of W32 results and Grading of W32-Harmonic Behaviour
  16. Evaluation of results and Grading of Linux products
  17. Evaluation of ALL platforms and Grading of "Trans-Platform Harmonic" Behaviour
  18. Problems and Bugs experienced during Tests
  19. Summary, Future Test Plans, and Final Comment
  20. "In-The-Wild" of PC Viruses (December 2003:
  21. List of scanners/versions, including info on producer
  22. Index of Testbeds
  23. Content of Testbeds
  24. List of Codenames for AV pProducts in VTC tests
  25. Disclaimer: About usage of this document

Last updated: December 31, 2004 KBru.