AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Mar-Apr/2012

During March and April 2012 we continuously evaluated 22 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.

certified

Anti-Virus Free Edition

Version2012
PlatformWindows 7 (SP1, 32 bit)
Report121354
DateMar-Apr/2012

Protection

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
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Industry averageIndustry averageMarch April
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 103 samples used 91%95.0%100%
Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 284,818 samples used 98%99.0%99.0%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware (according to AV-TEST data) 5,000 samples used 100%100%100%
Protection Score 5.5/6.0

Repair

Cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer

Industry averageIndustry averageMarch April
Detection of actively running widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 41 samples used 100%100%
Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 41 samples used 93%98.0%
Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications 41 samples used 73%61.0%
Repair Score 4.5/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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Industry averageIndustry averageMarch April
Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 5 10%4s
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 505,040 samples used 6 6 6
False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 22 samples used 1 0
False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 22 samples used 1 0
Usability Score 5.0/6.0

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