COMPUTERWORLD EXPO: Antivirus software gets NZ nod

An East European antivirus software product winning global plaudits today had its New Zealand launch at Computerworld Expo in Greenlane, Auckland.

An East European antivirus software product winning global plaudits today had its New Zealand launch at Computerworld Expo in Greenlane, Auckland.

NOD32 was developed by ESET of Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1992, and is being resold by Auckland distributor Chillisoft.

Chillisoft spokesman Geoff Cossey claims NOD32 offers “100% virus protection”.

“It is the only product to have never missed an ‘in the wild’ virus during testing by the highly respected Virus Bulletin Magazine," says Cossey. He also claims that during the Virus Bulletin benchmarking process NOD32 had the highest scan speeds, taking just 135 seconds to complete tests compared to an average 825 seconds.

Christchurch-based independent antivirus analyst Nick FitzGerald of Computer Virus Consulting, a former editor of the UK-based Virus Bulletin website, doubted the 100% effectiveness claim. "Everybody says that, but I would not believe it," he says.

However, FitzGerald says the product has "scored very highly" in tests across Europe and its reliability is up there with the world-leading brands.

As an East European product, he says, ESET is finding it hard to gain credibility for NOD32 outside its home market in Central Europe, particularly in English-speaking countries, where customers tend to ask what is best out of, say, Norton and McAfee, rather than asking which was best overall.

But FitzGerald, who will be speaking at the Expo at 4pm today, says he tested NOD32 a couple of years ago and found it to be “very reliable, fast, stable with good detection rates” and “up there with the others in terms of performance and stability”.

For firms, he says, the issue is not one of effectiveness in blocking viruses, but how suited an AV software product is to the size of the business.

To download evaluation software, visit here. For virus testing results, visit here.

Cossey will be showing how the software works at Expo stand 141 over the next three days.

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