(WCT) International antivirus evaluation agencies announced last week that they would revoke all certifications and rankings awarded to Qihoo 360, just two weeks after it was ranked first place in China in AV-C tests, reports Shanghai’s China Business News.
Three of the world’s most authoritative antivirus evaluation institutions — AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and Virus Bulletin — said in a joint announcement that Qihoo 360 Technology had submitted “products for comparative and certification testing which behaved significantly differently from those made available to its users and customers.”
The three institutions said all certifications and rankings awarded to Qihoo 360 will be withdrawn and they will treat all those who enter tests openly and justly to ensure users obtain accurate information.
In response, Qihoo 360 said traditional antivirus standards are lagging behind in the cloud era and that it would withdraw from AV-Comparatives.
The abrupt change of attitude by AV-C was mainly because the free security suite is progressing rapidly and its overseas users have now exceeded 100 million, which poses a big challenge to foreign antivirus sector.
The three evaluation institutions found that all the products Qihoo 360 submitted for testing had an anti-malware engine provided by Bitdefender. However, the Bitdefender engine is disabled in Qihoo’s products in its main market regions, including China, which instead are using Qihoo’s own QVM engine.
The QVM engine “would provide a considerably lower level of protection and higher likelihood of false positives,” the agencies said.
The three security testing bodies also confirmed that the anti-malware engine configuration that Qihoo 360 submitted for testing differed from that available by default to users.
Qihoo 360 responded Saturday with a statement on its website, indicating that the evaluation standards used by AV-C and other antivirus evaluation institutions are outdated, too one-dimensional and do not reflect the different online conditions and behaviors in different countries and regions.