AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Nov-Dec/2020
During November and December 2020 we continuously evaluated 21 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.
Defender Antivirus (Consumer)
|Platform||Windows 10 Professional (English), (64-Bit)|
Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
|Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 216 samples used||99.1%||100%||100%|
|Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) 11,166 samples used||100%||100%||100%|
Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage
|Industry average||Standard PC||Industry average||High end PC|
|Slowing-down when launching popular websites 50 websites visited||16%||6%||12%||7%|
|Slower download of frequently-used applications 20 downloaded files||3%||0%||1%||0%|
|Slower launch of standard software applications 12 test cases applied||9%||6%||7%||6%|
|Slower installation of frequently-used applications 20 installed applications||21%||24%||17%||19%|
|Slower copying of files, locally and in a network 9,874 files copied||2%||1%||2%||1%|
Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
|False warnings or blockages when visiting websites 500 samples used||0||0||0|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan 1,366,721 samples used||1||0||0|
|False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 77 samples used||0||0|
|False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 77 samples used||1||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.
At 17.5 points or higher, AV-TEST also issues the "TOP PRODUCT" award. Additional details ›
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