AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Q2/2011
During April, May and June 2011 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 XP (SP3, 32 bit)|
|Protection against 0-day malware attacks from the internet, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing) 108 samples used||81%||100%||100%||100%|
|Blocking of malware on or post execution (Dynamic Detection Testing) 34 samples used||65%||85.0%|
|Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 424,860 samples used||98%||97.0%||100%||99.0%|
|Detection of widespread malware (according to the WildList) 10,224 samples used||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|Removal of all active components of widespread malware (according to the WildList) from a computer 23 samples used||96%||96.0%|
|Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications made by malware 23 samples used||70%||96.0%|
|Detection of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware) 18 samples used||78%||78.0%|
|Removal of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware) 18 samples used||44%||50.0%|
|Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 13||140%||106s|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 699,760 samples used||9||16||13||5|
|False warnings of certain actions during the installation and use of legitimate software 22 samples used||1||0|
|False blockings of certain actions during the installation and use of legitimate software 22 samples used||0||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 ›