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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Sep-Oct/2017
PC Pitstop
Version 3.0
Platform Windows 10 (64 bit)
Report 174067
Date Sep-Oct/2017
PC Pitstop

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During September and October 2017 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.

Protection

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
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September October Industry average
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
202 samples used
100% 100% 99.0%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
9,797 samples used
99.9% 98.7% 98.5%
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
39 websites visited
8% 13% 11% 13%
Slower download of frequently-used applications
20 downloaded files
0% 3% 6% 2%
Slower launch of standard software applications
11 test cases applied
23% 17% 6% 12%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications
17 installed applications
8% 23% 12% 36%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network)
7,521 files copied
1% 10% 1% 13%
Performance Score
6.0/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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September October 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
1,425,641 samples used
48 28 13
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
40 samples used
0 0
False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
40 samples used
2 0
Usability Score
3.5/6.0