Years of research and testing by security companies and independent testers alike have taught us that a single anti-virus software is incapable of detecting all virus and malware out loose in the wild. All anti-virus scanners are blind to a small percentage of malware, but given the astronomical number of worms and viruses crawling through the interwebs, even that small percentage adds up to a couple of hundreds.
A solution often recommended is to scan a file using multiple anti-virus scanners so that the possibility of failure to detect is minimial. Online anti-virus scanners like VirusTotal employs this approach. It uses multiple virus scanners to scan files uploaded to the site that dramatically increases the detection rate.
This multiple anti-virus scanning feature is brought to the desktop by Coranti 2010 Multi-Core Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware, that employs not one or two but 4 different anti-malware scanning engines - Bitdefender, F Prot, Norman, and Lavasoft anti-spyware.
Coranti 2010’s four scan engines working in parallel and therefore, offers four times the protection. Unlike most traditional PC security suites, Coranti 2010 is compatible with many third-party antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall solutions. This unique element makes it possible to install Coranti without uninstalling the anti-virus software currently installed on the machine. However, there are exceptions – Coranti is not compatible with AVG, ESET Nod32, Trend Micro Internet Security, and Zone Alarm.
This isn’t the first time a security software has tried to merge multiple scanning engines into one. G-Data has done it before with two scanners - BitDefender and Avast, and racked up an impressive 99.95% detection rate beating all others in a test conducted by PCWorld on November 2009. I wouldn’t be surprised if Coranti shows similar results.
Coranti 2010 is in beta stages and a 30 day trial version is available for download. The installer is around 21 MB, but after installation it downloads updates and program components worth 250 MB.