AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Mar/2021

During March and April 2021 we evaluated 7 home user security products for MacOS Big Sur. 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 BigSur 11.2.1


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

Industry averageIndustry averageMarch
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 months (the AV-TEST reference set) 232 samples used 100%100%
Protection Score 6.0/6.0


Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage

Industry averageIndustry averageMarch
Slower download of frequently-used applications 30 downloaded files 0%0%
Slower launch of standard software applications 50 test cases applied 4%11%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications 24 installed applications 13%11%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network) 4,176 files copied 71%321%
Performance Score 2.0/6.0


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

Industry averageIndustry averageMarch
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan 59,915 samples used 0 1
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 60 samples used 0 0
Usability Score 5.5/6.0

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 ›





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