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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jan-Feb/2017
Version 17.0
Platform Windows 7 (SP1, 64 bit)
Report 170587
Date Jan-Feb/2017

Internet Security

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.


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)
195 samples used
100% 97.2% 99.5%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
11,524 samples used
100% 99.7% 99.5%
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
40 websites visited
15% 16% 8% 14%
Slower download of frequently-used applications
20 downloaded files
1% 7% 7% 6%
Slower launch of standard software applications
12 test cases applied
9% 6% 15% 13%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications
20 installed applications
27% 21% 24% 29%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network)
7,632 files copied
5% 13% 3% 33%
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
1,308,896 samples used
0 1 2
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
42 samples used
5 0
False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
42 samples used
0 0
Usability Score