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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Mar-Apr/2017
ESET
Version 10.0
Platform Windows 10 (64 bit)
Report 171490
Date Mar-Apr/2017
ESET

Internet Security

During March and April 2017 we continuously evaluated 18 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)
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March April Industry average
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
175 samples used
98.9% 98.8% 98.9%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
12,169 samples used
99.9% 100% 99.9%
Protection Score
5.5/6.0

Performance

Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage
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Standard PC Industry average High end PC Industry average
Slowing-down when launching popular websites
38 websites visited
19% 16% 26% 12%
Slower download of frequently-used applications
20 downloaded files
12% 7% 3% 2%
Slower launch of standard software applications
12 test cases applied
109% 23% 8% 15%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications
18 installed applications
28% 25% 30% 30%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network)
7,462 files copied
23% 7% 12% 19%
Performance Score
4.0/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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March April Industry average
False warnings or blockages when visiting websites
500 samples used
0 0 0
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan
1,205,032 samples used
0 0 4
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
41 samples used
1 0
False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
41 samples used
0 0
Usability Score
6.0/6.0