AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Sep/2020

During August and September 2020 we evaluated 5 business security products for MacOS Catalina. We always used the most current version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on malware detection, false positives and performance.



PlatformMacOS Catalina 10.15.5


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

Industry averageIndustry averageSeptember
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 months (the AV-TEST reference set) 73 samples used 99%100%
Protection Score 6.0/6.0


Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage

Industry averageIndustry averageSeptember
Slower download of frequently-used applications 30 downloaded files 1%0%
Slower launch of standard software applications 53 test cases applied 10%6%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications 25 installed applications 50%4%
Slower copying of files, locally and in a network 3,112 files copied 21%2%
Performance Score 6.0/6.0


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

Industry averageIndustry averageSeptember
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan 191,362 samples used 0 0
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 50 samples used 0 0
Usability Score 6.0/6.0

Evaluation based on a point system

All products can achieve a maximum of 6 points each in the three categories of protection, performance and usability. This means 18 points are the best possible test result.
At 10 points or higher, a product is awarded the AV-TEST seal of approval. Additional details ›





All tested manufacturers – listed by year/month