AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Q1/2011
During January, February and March 2011 we continuously evaluated 22 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.
Norton Internet Security
|Platform||Windows 7 (RTM, 32 bit)|
|Protection against 0-day malware attacks from the internet, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 107 samples used||84%||100%||100%||100%|
|Blocking of malware on or post execution (Dynamic Detection Testing) 29 samples used||62%||90.0%|
|Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 522,634 samples used||97%||98.0%||100%||99.0%|
|Detection of widespread malware (according to the WildList) 24,106 samples used||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|Removal of all active components of widespread malware (according to the WildList) from a computer 21 samples used||86%||100%|
|Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications made by malware 21 samples used||48%||67.0%|
|Detection of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware) 14 samples used||79%||79.0%|
|Removal of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware) 14 samples used||57%||64.0%|
|Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 13||171%||122s|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 841,767 samples used||7||6||0||11|
|False warnings of certain actions during the installation and use of legitimate software 20 samples used||1||0|
|False blockings of certain actions during the installation and use of legitimate software 20 samples used||0||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 ›