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NETWORK WORLD ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NCSA TEST ON VIRUS SCANNER SOFTWARE

NETWORK WORLD ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NCSA TEST ON VIRUS SCANNER SOFTWARE
 FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Network World today announced the results of a test conducted by the National Computer Security Association (NCSA) to measure the success of various virus scanner software packages in detecting, identifying and dealing with viruses before a program is run.
 Of 19 products tested, those with the highest total scores were Dr. Solomon's Toolkit, Fridrik Skulason's F-Prot and Leprechaun Software's Virus Buster, with McAfee's Scan, RG Software's Vi-Spy, Central Point's AntiVirus, and XTree's ViruSafe only slightly behind. All earned at least 80 percent of the points possible. Packages accumulating between 75 and 80 percent of the total points possible included Thijssen's HTScan, Norton's Anti-Virus, and Microcom's Virex-PC.
 The results of the test by NCSA, an independent organization dedicated to microcomputer and local area network security, will appear in the Feb. 10 issue of Network World, the industry's fastest growing networking publication.
 Network World Editor John Gallant said, "An investment in a good virus scanner software is considered critical by many Network World's readers to the smooth running of their operations. These test results should help them pinpoint which package best suits their needs." Comprehensive Rating Scheme
 For the test, NCSA devised a rating scheme that awarded points for identifying infected files and for useful features in helping find infected files. Products earned points for successfully running a self-check to see if the package itself was infected and identified common or exotic boot-sector, master boot-sector and file viruses.
 Products also earned points for adequacy of messages to users, recommending an appropriate course of action for problems, and allowing a user to direct the program's messages and information about viruses to a printer or file. Also, points were awarded for speed and for various aspects of network support, such as allowing a user to scan network drives and from a network drive.
 "Overall, the test results indicate that there are many options available for people interested only in detecting viruses," said NCSA executive director Robert Bales.
 "However, individuals with specific needs should look around, for there are many products with features such as virus removal capabilities and cyclic redundancy checking that could be very beneficial to them."
 NCSA is an organization that helps users improve the security of their information systems, reduce the threat of computer viruses, and ensure the integrity of information resources. Based in Washington, D.C., NCSA conducts research on security, virus and data integrity problems; evaluates products; and teaches security awareness seminars.
 Network World, established in 1986, is the national newspaper for users of enterprise networking solutions. Network World is the fastest growing newsweekly in the networking market, providing strategic information on how to manage the enterprise network for corporate competitive advantage. Network World is published by Network World Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG).
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 /CONTACT: Evilee Thibeault of Network World, 508-875-6400; Robert Bales of National Computer Security Association, 717-258-1816; or Anne Marie Clark, Rourke & Company, 508-777-6006, for Network World/ CO: Network World ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU:


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