AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – May-Jun/2012

During May and June 2012 we continuously evaluated 25 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.

certified

Security Essentials

Version4.0
PlatformWindows 7 (SP1, 64 bit)
Report121851
DateMay-Jun/2012

Protection

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
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Industry averageIndustry averageMay June
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 99 samples used 88%76.0%80.0%
Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 294,821 samples used 97%95.0%95.0%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware (according to AV-TEST data) 5,000 samples used 100%100%100%
Protection Score 2.5/6.0

Repair

Cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer

Industry averageIndustry averageMay June
Detection of actively running widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 41 samples used 98%100%
Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 41 samples used 95%100%
Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications 41 samples used 63%88.0%
Repair Score 5.5/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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Industry averageIndustry averageMay June
Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 5 10%6s
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 661,176 samples used 3 0 0
False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 24 samples used 0 0
False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 24 samples used 1 0
Usability Score 5.5/6.0

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