VIRUS BULLETIN: test of 16 anti-spam solutions

Virus Bulletin published quarterly test results of 16 anti-spam solutions: Axway MailGate 5.3.1, Bitdefender Security for Mail Servers 3.1.2, Egedian Mail Security, ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange Server, Fortinet FortiMail, GFI MailEssentials, IBM Lotus Protector for Mail Security , Kaspersky Security 8 for Linux Mail Server, Libra Esva, McAfee SaaS Email Protection, Netmail Secure, OnlyMyEmail's Corporate MX Defender, Scrollout F1, Sophos Email Appliance, SpamTitan 6.00 and ZEROSPAM.

To check the effectiveness of spam protection, Virus Bulletin usually sends unwanted messages to a configured Dell PowerEdge server, which then goes through the anti-spam filters of the aforementioned solutions.

The test began on Saturday, December 20 at midday and was scheduled for the next 16 days - the end of the test is scheduled for Monday, January 5. As mentioned by VB, at that time there were some problems that led to difficulties in access to the Internet - the break lasted about 20 working hours and led to the decision to extend the test period by another two days. The test ended on Wednesday, January 7 at 12:00.

From the published research results on this website, we learn that 140,431 emails were used to conduct the study. 131 555 of them were spam, 47,477 came from honeypots, the remaining 84,078 emails were provided by In addition, 8 603 emails were "clean" and 273 were newsletters.

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