This article is from the Computer viruses FAQ, by David Harley D.Harley@icrf.icnet.uk, George Wenzel firstname.lastname@example.org and Bruce Burrell email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Reviews in the general computing press are rarely useful. Most
journalists don't have the resources or the knowledge to match
the quality of the reviews available in specialist periodicals like
Virus Bulletin or Secure Computing. Of course, it's possible to
produce a useful, if limited assessment of a package without
using live viruses based on good knowledge of the issues involved
(whether the package is ICSA-certified, for instance): unfortunately,
most journalists are unaware of how little they know and have a vested
interest in giving the impression that they know much more than they
do. Even more knowledgeable writers may not make clear the criteria
applied in their review.