AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Q4/2010
During October, November and December 2010 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 Vista (SP2, 32 bit)|
|Protection against 0-day malware attacks from the internet, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 77 samples used||82%||96.0%||95.0%||100%|
|Blocking of malware on or post execution (Dynamic Detection Testing) 20 samples used||55%||85.0%|
|Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 642,693 samples used||96%||97.0%||93.0%||96.0%|
|Detection of widespread malware (according to the WildList) 30,532 samples used||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|Removal of all active components of widespread malware (according to the WildList) from a computer 22 samples used||82%||86.0%|
|Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications made by malware 22 samples used||45%||77.0%|
|Detection of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware) 10 samples used||100%||100%|
|Removal of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware) 10 samples used||60%||100%|
|Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 13||221%||150s|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 533,690 samples used||7||1||2||3|
|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||1||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 ›