The best Windows antivirus software for home users
During January and February 2017 we continuously evaluated 19 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.
Windows 7: February 2017
|AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0||91.7||83.3||100›|
|Avast Free Antivirus 12.3 & 17.1||100||75||100›|
|AVG Internet Security 16.1 & 17.1||83.3||91.7||100›|
|Avira Antivirus Pro 15.0||83.3||91.7||100›|
|Bitdefender Internet Security 21.0||100||100||100›|
|BullGuard Internet Security 17.0||83.3||91.7||91.7›|
|Comodo Anti-Malware 10.0||66.7||50||100›|
|ESET Internet Security 10.0||83.3||75||100›|
|F-Secure SAFE 14||100||100||91.7›|
|G Data InternetSecurity 25.3||100||75||100›|
|K7 Computing Total Security 15.1||83.3||83.3||91.7›|
|Kaspersky Internet Security 17.0||100||100||100›|
|McAfee Internet Security 19.0||66.7||91.7||83.3›|
|Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10||91.7||83.3||100›|
|MicroWorld eScan Internet Security Suite 14.0||75||75||100›|
|Norton Norton Security 22.8||100||100||100›|
|Quick Heal Total Security 17.00||91.7||100||100›|
|ThreatTrack VIPRE Internet Security Pro 9.3||91.7||83.3||100›|
|Trend Micro Internet Security 11.0||100||100||100›|
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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