AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Dec/2017

During November and December 2017 we evaluated 9 home user security products for MacOS Sierra. 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.


Sophos Home

PlatformMacOS Sierra 10.12


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

Industry averageIndustry averageDecember
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 months (the AV-TEST reference set) 514 samples used 92.4%100%
Protection Score 6.0/6.0


Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage

Industry averageIndustry averageDecember
Slower download of frequently-used applications 56 downloaded files 14%1%
Slower copying of files, locally and in a network 147 files copied 7%8%
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 averageDecember
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan 610 samples used 0 0
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 22 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 ›





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