Trend Micro’s Free Online Virus Scanner Takes First Place in Antivirus Test Conducted by AV-Test.Org

Trend Micro’s Free Online Virus Scanner Takes First Place in Antivirus Test Conducted by AV-Test.Org

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 5, 2001

Internationally Recognized, Independent Testing Organization

Recommends HouseCall(TM) for Its Online Virus Detection

Capabilities and Ease of Use

Trend Micro(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:TMIC) (TSE: 4704), a worldwide leader in network antivirus and Internet content security solutions, today announced that HouseCall, the company’s free, online virus scanner, earned first place for its virus detection capabilities and ease of use in an internationally recognized test. conducted the independent test of several free, online virus scanners from industry-leading vendors at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. The test was conducted for PC-WELT, Germany’s largest monthly computer magazine.

“We are independent security experts, so any antivirus solution we evaluate is put through a series of rigorous tests and must meet stringent standards in order to receive high marks,” said Andreas Marx, CEO of “Vendors who earn high recognition in our testing procedures are preferred in the industry and have demonstrated their ability to provide comprehensive virus protection.”

Trend Micro’s HouseCall took first place in the test, as PC-WELT’s first choice for online virus scanning. HouseCall includes Trend Micro’s scan engine, which is standard across the company’s product line and incorporates heuristic-based scanning techniques along with traditional virus detection methods. Heuristic scanning enables Trend Micro’s antivirus solutions to detect unknown viruses, based on behavior, before they can damage a user’s computer.

The online scanner detected all “in-the-wild” viruses, or viruses that are currently circulating in the computing environment, and recognized more than 98% of Trojans and backdoor programs, receiving the highest score in this category. Additionally, HouseCall received high marks for its intuitive user interface, its clear display of the number of files scanned, and the number of viruses found. examined six online virus scanners, all free tools, offered by established antivirus vendors. The object of the test was: to determine the effectiveness of these tools; the detection rate of computer viruses, Trojans and worms; and the recognition of backdoor programs.

The test was carried out using a large number of “in-the-wild” viruses (a list developed by Joe Wells’ Wild List Organization), ActiveX controls, backdoor programs, and Trojans. also tested the scanners’ ability to examine and archive embedded files, as well as compressed file formats. In addition, testers graded HouseCall for its user friendliness including ease-of-use, how it displayed and stored results, and whether or not it required registration with the manufacturer. was impressed with HouseCall’s additional features that include the creation of back-up copies of files before cleaning and the scanner’s direct link to Trend Micro’s virus information center and virus tracking map, The virus tracking center allows visitors to Trend Micro’s Web site to track the spread of malicious code across the world in real time.

“The independent testing performed by recognizes the quality of our virus-detection capabilities and clearly validates Trend Micro’s leadership role in providing quality Internet security solutions,” said Oscar Chang, senior vice president of product development for Trend Micro.

In previous evaluations, Trend Micro’s ScanMail for Notes 4.0 and 5.0, ScanMail for Exchange 5.5 and 2000, and ServerProtect scored 100%, the highest score possible, when evaluated on detection of disk operating system (DOS) file viruses, Microsoft Windows 32-bit file viruses, macro viruses, and script viruses.

Results of the antivirus testing can be viewed at: is a project of the Business Information Workgroup at the Institute of Technical and Business Information Systems at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. The organization regularly tests antivirus software for magazines and other third-party organizations.

About HouseCall

Trend Micro introduced HouseCall, the Internet’s first free, online virus scanner, in May 1997. HouseCall is also the only online virus scanner to have been certified by the International Computer Security Association to detect 100% of “in-the-wild” viruses. HouseCall brings the stability and effectiveness of a server-based antivirus application to home users at no cost. With HouseCall, users have 24 x 7 access to the latest virus protection available without time consuming downloads or subscriptions. In addition to using Trend Micro’s free, online virus scanner, Trend Micro recommends that users install desktop resident antivirus software, such as Trend Micro’s PC-cillin(R) 2000, to ensure that their computers remain virus free.

HouseCall is available now at HouseCall works with Windows, Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, and NT Workstation.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Inc. is a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software and services. The Tokyo-based Corporation has its North American headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., and business units worldwide. Trend Micro products are sold directly, through corporate, value-added resellers and managed service providers. For additional information and evaluation copies of all Trend Micro products, visit or

Note to Editors: Trend Micro, PC-cillin and HouseCall are trademarks of Trend Micro Inc. All other marks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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