How We Test Antivirus and Security Software

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The smartest firewalls intercept these exploit attacks at the network level, so they never even reach your computer. Even for those that don't scan at the network level, in many cases the antivirus component wipes out the exploit's malware payload. We use the Core Impact penetration tool to hit each test system with about 30 recent exploits and record how well the security product fended them off.

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