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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jul-Aug/2012
Norman
Version 9.0
Platform Windows XP (SP3, 32 bit)
Report 122637
Date Jul-Aug/2012
Norman

Security Suite Pro

During July and August 2012 we continuously evaluated 23 home user security products using their default settings. We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.

Protection

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)

July August Industry average
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
105 samples used
84% 83% 91%
Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set)
260,505 samples used
100% 100% 97%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware (according to AV-TEST data)
5,000 samples used
100% 100% 100%
Protection Score
3.5/6.0

Repair

Cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer

July August Industry average
Detection of actively running widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware)
41 samples used
95% 95%
Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware)
41 samples used
90% 88%
Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications
41 samples used
68% 71%
Repair Score
3.5/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)

July August Industry average
Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use
5 samples used
9s 10s
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives)
760,610 samples used
3 6 6
False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software
17 samples used
3 0
False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software
17 samples used
3 1
Usability Score
4.0/6.0