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The results of a new study of security solutions’ ability to protect users against malware hidden by rootkits has been released out by the prestigious testing organisation

The study tested a significant number of security solutions from several vendors against rootkits – programmes designed to hide files, processes or registry entries. Although they are not malicious in themselves, cyber-criminals frequently use them to hide malicious code.
Panda ActiveScan (, Panda Security’s free online scanner, detected and eliminated 86% of the malware strains that used rootkits to hide, beating online scanners from rival offerings that include Trend Micro HouseCall and Kaspersky Online Scanner. Subsequent to the test, Panda Security has released a new, even more powerful version of the scanner: Panda ActiveScan 2.0.
The study also tested the effectiveness of consumer solutions from different vendors for Windows Vista. In this test, Panda Antivirus 2008, Panda Security’s lightest consumer solution, detected 100% of active and latent rootkits, well ahead of solutions like Kaspersky AntiVirus or McAfee VirusScan 2008.
“Rookits, which epitomise the stealth techniques that predominate the new malware model, prevents many traditional antiviruses from detecting all malware present on computers,” says Jeremy Matthews, Panda Security’s head of sub-Saharan operations. “It therefore comes as no surprise that a study conducted by Panda revealed that, 23% of home computer with antivirus protection are infected ( <> ).”
“New security solutions not only need advanced heuristic and behaviour analysis features, but also need to search deep inside the operating system. Otherwise, they won’t be protecting users properly,” concludes Matthews.
Panda Security’s solutions are based on Collective Intelligence, an innovative protection system to combat the exponential growth of malware. Collective Intelligence is an online, automatic threat management system based on leveraging the knowledge gathered from the user community and other sources by Panda, and correlating and delivering the knowledge from the company’s infrastructure.
Currently, Panda Security’s collective intelligence network comprises 4 million computers. The knowledge accumulated in the system contains 11-million malware samples and over 100-million analyzed programs.