AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Mar-Apr/2013
During March and April 2013 we continuously evaluated 26 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.
Norton Internet Security
|Platform||Windows XP (SP3, 32 bit)|
Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)
|Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 133 samples used||93%||100%||100%|
|Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks (the AV-TEST reference set) 22,517 samples used||99%||100%||100%|
Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage
|Use cases: visiting websites, downloading software, installing and running programs and copying data Number of test cases: 5||6%||5s|
Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)
|False warnings or blockages when visiting websites 500 samples used||0||0||0|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan 636,473 samples used||5||0||0|
|False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 30 samples used||1||0|
|False blockages of certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 30 samples used||1||1|
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 ›
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