AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jan-Feb/2012
During January and February 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.
Norton Internet Security
|Platform||Windows XP (SP3, 32 bit)|
|Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 97 samples used||95%||100%||100%|
|Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 229,183 samples used||97%||99.0%||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) 39 samples used||100%||100%|
|Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 39 samples used||77%||79.0%|
|Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications 39 samples used||54%||72.0%|
|Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 5||10%||8s|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 516,545 samples used||6||7||2|
|False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 24 samples used||1||1|
|False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 24 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 ›