AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jan-Feb/2016
During January and February 2016 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.
|Platform||Windows 7 (SP1, 32 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) 213 samples used||97.7%||98.2%||98.1%|
|Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) 20,066 samples used||99.7%||99.7%||99.3%|
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||20%||22%||20%||12%|
|Slower download of frequently-used applications 20 downloaded files||5%||10%||4%||3%|
|Slower launch of standard software applications 14 test cases applied||16%||7%||15%||14%|
|Slower installation of frequently-used applications 20 installed applications||32%||20%||43%||31%|
|Slower copying of files, locally and in a network 8,649 files copied||14%||12%||22%||27%|
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 1,328,235 samples used||5||2||1|
|False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 42 samples used||0||0|
|False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 42 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 ›
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