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AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – May-Jun/2016
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Version 2016
Platform Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Report 162244
Date May-Jun/2016
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During May and June 2016 we continuously evaluated 22 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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May June Industry average
Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
163 samples used
96.6% 100% 98.8%
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set)
16,735 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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Standard PC Industry average High end PC Industry average
Slowing-down when launching popular websites
40 websites visited
19% 13% 21% 18%
Slower download of frequently-used applications
19 downloaded files
15% 5% 11% 3%
Slower launch of standard software applications
12 test cases applied
15% 15% 19% 18%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications
17 installed applications
34% 24% 45% 26%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network)
8,285 files copied
11% 13% 23% 16%
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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May June 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
1,387,635 samples used
5 4 6
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
39 samples used
0 0
False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software
39 samples used
0 0
Usability Score
5.5/6.0