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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Nov-Dec/2015
G Data
Version 2016
Platform Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Report 154544
Date Nov-Dec/2015
G Data

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During November and December 2015 we continuously evaluated 20 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

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
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November December Industry average
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
140 samples used
96.3% 98.3% 97.1%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
14,658 samples used
100% 100% 99.7%
Protection Score
5.5/6.0

Performance

Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage
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November December Industry average
Use cases: visiting websites, downloading software, installing and running programs and copying data
Number of test cases: 5
3s 2s
Performance Score
4.5/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
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November December 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
1,301,224 samples used
1 3 5
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
40 samples used
0 0
False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
40 samples used
1 0
Usability Score
5.5/6.0