AV-TEST Product Review Report – Sep-Oct/2012

During September and October 2012 we continuously evaluated 24 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.

Security Essentials

Version4.0 & 4.1
PlatformWindows 7 (SP1, 32 bit)
Report123698
DateSep-Oct/2012

Protection

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
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Industry averageIndustry averageSeptember October
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 102 samples used 89%69.0%64.0%
Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 272,799 samples used 97%90.0%90.0%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware (according to AV-TEST data) 5,000 samples used 100%100%100%
Protection Score 1.5/6.0

Repair

Cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer

Industry averageIndustry averageSeptember October
Detection of actively running widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 40 samples used 95%98.0%
Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 40 samples used 85%80.0%
Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications 40 samples used 60%63.0%
Repair Score 3.5/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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Industry averageIndustry averageSeptember October
Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 5 10%5s
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 657,250 samples used 4 1 0
False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 27 samples used 1 0
False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 27 samples used 1 0
Usability Score 5.5/6.0

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