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Old 03. May 2015, 05:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Don't trust antivirus test labs when it comes to Android

Anti-malware apps for Android are very common and there are plenty of them in the PlayStore. Choosing the best among them is a hard (but profitable) task and some labs create rankings based on each app's performance.

The real situation is some vendors do cheat to fool the labs in charge of the test. Case in question: QIHOO. The security lab has been accused of submitting a tweaked version for evaluation purposes, while the the general public received a less-capable one. (Link 1) (Link 2).

As a damage control process, the testing labs are putting all the blame on Qihoo, but the truth is they won't say what happened in the previous years (where Qihoo was placed first almost every time). So, with that in mind, it's time to question how cautious (or not) their tests are, how many apps have cheated, and what the heck happened with the audit process (if there was ever one).

The report says there is another potential candidate to be "flagged" along with Qihoo, so let's see how that turns out.

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Old 03. May 2015, 06:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That was a Windows test, not Android specific if I remember correctly. The "cheating" had to do with them submitting a tweaked configuration of their AV that normal users wouldn't usually use, and some competition did the same (albeit with lesser punishment due to technicalities).
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