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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – May-Jun/2012

Symantec: Endpoint Protection

Version Tested
12.1
Website Platform
Windows 7 (SP1, 64 bit)

During May and June 2012 we continuously evaluated 8 endpoint protection products using settings as provided by the vendor. 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)
May Jun
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
Industry average: 91
Samples used: 99
in %
100
98
Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set)
Industry average: 98
Samples used: 294,821
in %
97
92
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware (according to AV-TEST data)
Industry average: 100
Samples used: 5,000
in %
100
100
Protection Score: 4.5/6.0
Repair
Cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer
May Jun
Detection of actively running widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware)
Industry average: 100
Samples used: 41
in %
100
Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware)
Industry average: 98
Samples used: 41
in %
100
Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications
Industry average: 73
Samples used: 41
in %
98
Repair Score: 6.0/6.0
Usability
Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
May Jun
Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use
Industry average: 10
Number of test cases: 5
in s
7
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives)
Industry average: 6
Samples used: 661,176
in #
1
1
False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software
Industry average: 0
Samples used: 24
in #
0
False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software
Industry average: 0
Samples used: 24
in #
0
Usability Score: 5.5/6.0
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