AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jul-Aug/2012
During July and August 2012 we continuously evaluated 23 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.
|Platform||Windows XP (SP3, 32 bit)|
|Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 105 samples used||91%||96.0%||95.0%|
|Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 260,505 samples used||97%||98.0%||100%|
|Detection of widespread and prevalent malware (according to AV-TEST data) 5,000 samples used||100%||100%||100%|
|Detection of actively running widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 41 samples used||95%||95.0%|
|Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 41 samples used||88%||80.0%|
|Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications 41 samples used||71%||76.0%|
|Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 5||10%||13s|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 760,610 samples used||6||0||0|
|False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 17 samples used||0||2|
|False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 17 samples used||1||5|
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 ›