Anti-Malware Solutions for Commodity Malware

I promised a post briefly discussing anti-malware products to address commodity malware, so here you go. It’s not much but neither is the protection afforded by most anti-malware products.

After many years doing incident response and endpoint security, my completely subjective opinion regarding which products are best would be (and remember I am speaking of enterprise software, not home-use products, though they would probably be the same products):


  • Kaspersky
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • ESET
  • F-Secure
  • McAfee
  • Sophos

Outside of those products, I’d hesitate to recommend a solution. I would highly recommend one review the independent testing done by AV-Comparatives, especially their real-world tests; AV-Test; and Dennis Technology Labs.

If you review those sites you’ll notice that, outside of Kaspersky and Symantec, there is a pretty significant drop-off in effectiveness. Microsoft’s product is pretty much irrelevant, which is interesting considering all the handwaving from the security industry when Microsoft announced its product.

Anyway, if I had to choose one product to use it would be ESET, followed by Symantec and McAfee. Why ESET? Adequate commodity malware protection with a very small footprint and great performance.