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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jan-Feb/2016
Version 2016
Platform Windows 7 (SP1, 32 bit)
Report 160570
Date Jan-Feb/2016

Internet Security

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.


Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
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January February Industry average
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
213 samples used
100% 98.1% 97.7%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
20,066 samples used
99.8% 99.9% 99.7%
Protection Score


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
50 websites visited
40% 20% 41% 20%
Slower download of frequently-used applications
20 downloaded files
1% 5% 5% 4%
Slower launch of standard software applications
14 test cases applied
11% 16% 7% 15%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications
20 installed applications
23% 32% 39% 43%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network)
8,649 files copied
4% 14% 8% 22%
Performance Score


Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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January February 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
1,328,235 samples used
1 0 5
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
Usability Score