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.



PlatformWindows 7 (SP1, 32 bit)


Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
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Industry averageIndustry averageJanuary February
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 213 samples used 97.7%99.1%100%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) 20,066 samples used 99.7%100%100%
Protection Score 6.0/6.0


Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage
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Industry averageIndustry averageStandard PC Industry averageIndustry averageHigh end PC
Slowing-down when launching popular websites 50 websites visited 20%14%20%15%
Slower download of frequently-used applications 20 downloaded files 5%3%4%3%
Slower launch of standard software applications 14 test cases applied 16%17%15%19%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications 20 installed applications 32%34%43%42%
Slower copying of files, locally and in a network 8,649 files copied 14%23%22%38%
Performance Score 4.5/6.0


Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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Industry averageIndustry averageJanuary February
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 1 0
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 6.0/6.0

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 ›






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