AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Nov-Dec/2021
During November and December 2021 we continuously evaluated 20 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 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 330 samples used||99.4%||99.5%||100%|
|Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) 18,870 samples used||100%||100%||100%|
|Industry average||Standard PC||Industry average||High end PC|
|Slowing-down when launching popular websites 50 websites visited||20%||7%||16%||4%|
|Slower download of frequently-used applications 20 downloaded files||2%||3%||1%||0%|
|Slower launch of standard software applications 30 test cases applied||8%||6%||7%||8%|
|Slower installation of frequently-used applications 20 installed applications||17%||24%||12%||18%|
|Slower copying of files, locally and in a network 10,154 files copied||2%||1%||3%||2%|
|False warnings or blockages when visiting websites 500 samples used||0||0||0|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan 2,135,862 samples used||2||0||0|
|False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 19 samples used||0||1|
|False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 19 samples used||0||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 ›