Each time a Anti-virus tool kit expires the thought looms to move on to different and better anti-virus software or to renew the current (free) license. This question largely exists only among those in the windows user community. Though it still might be worth to have some sort of scanner handy on a Mac or Linux based platform for shared USB disks and alike. But whats out there to choose from? Here's an answer from the industry itself.
The Anti-virus software industry matures - The AMTSO initiative
You'll find them mostly in computer magazines - anti-virus toolkit product reviews - a yearly returning phenomena. Not surprisingly the results also change every year - competition is fierce and its about a lot of money. Next to this there are many anti-virus toolkit list and directories on the internet - so where to start?
Since 2008 the anti-virus / malware industry has joined efforts in the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization, or AMTSO. The AMTSO is largely about objective testing standards and best practices for testing of anti-malware and related products for their members. And here it gets interesting, the member list of the AMTSO. Because every self-respecting anti-virus software vendor / manufacturer is or wants to be part of such initiative.
Anti-virus tool kits from members of the AMTSO
The largest part of the AMTSO member list is populated by anti-virus toolkit manufacturers. It's a good starting point for exploring the products of other AV tool kit manufacturers part of the standardization initiative. All the big names are there, McAfee, AVG, Panda, TrendMicro, Symantec, Kaspersky and several others.
|The member list of the AMTSO - the Anti-Virus / Malware industry|
Also a few less know companies populate the list, might be potential runner-ups. Next to a few private member listings there are also companies related to the industry such as IBM, Virus Bulletin and Hispasec.
The member list is a new view on the industry and undoubtedly evolves with the time and new developments.
Visit the AMTSO website: Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization