AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Sep-Oct/2011
During September and October 2011 we continuously evaluated 25 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) 104 samples used||91%||100%||100%|
|Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set) 248,788 samples used||98%||100%||98.0%|
|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) 37 samples used||97%||100%|
|Removal of all active components of widespread malware (including Rootkits and stealth malware) 37 samples used||84%||92.0%|
|Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications 37 samples used||57%||81.0%|
|Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use Number of test cases: 5||10%||10s|
|False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives) 450,772 samples used||12||9||6|
|False warnings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 30 samples used||2||0|
|False blockings of certain actions during download, installation and use of legitimate software 30 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 ›