AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Nov-Dec/2011

During November and December 2011 we continuously evaluated 23 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

Internet Security

Version2012
PlatformWindows 7 (SP1, 32 bit)
Report114819
DateNov-Dec/2011

Protection

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
More information

Industry averageIndustry averageNovember December
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 92 samples used 95%98.0%95.0%
Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 216,640 samples used 97%100%100%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware (according to AV-TEST data) 5,000 samples used 100%100%100%
Protection Score 5.0/6.0

Repair

Cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer

Industry averageIndustry averageNovember December
Detection of actively running widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 38 samples used 97%100%
Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 38 samples used 87%84.0%
Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications 38 samples used 61%55.0%
Repair Score 4.0/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
More information

Industry averageIndustry averageNovember December
Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 5 10%13s
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 481,785 samples used 15 1 1
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 0 0
Usability Score 4.5/6.0

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 ›

   

out­stan­ding

sa­tis­fac­to­ry

in­su­ffi­cient

cer­ti­fi­cates

All tested manufacturers