The best Windows antivirus software for home users
During July, August and September 2010 we continuously evaluated 16 security products using their default settings. 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.
Windows XP: September 2010
|Avast Internet Security 5.0||41.7||75||100›|
|AVG Internet Security 9.0||83.3||33.3||83.3›|
|Avira Internet Security 10.0||83.3||58.3||58.3›|
|Bitdefender Internet Security Suite 2010 & 2011||75||33.3||91.7›|
|ESET Smart Security 4.2||58.3||75||83.3›|
|F-Secure Internet Security 2010 & 2011||83.3||83.3||91.7›|
|G Data Internet Security 2011||83.3||66.7||100›|
|Kaspersky Internet Security 2011||91.7||58.3||83.3›|
|McAfee Internet Security 2010 & 2011||58.3||50||75›|
|Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0||50||50||91.7›|
|Norman Security Suite Pro 8.0||33.3||25||75›|
|Norton Norton Internet Security 2010 & 2011||83.3||91.7||91.7›|
|Panda Security Internet Security 2010 & 2011||83.3||58.3||75›|
|PC Tools Internet Security 2010 & 2011||91.7||91.7||75›|
|Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010||66.7||75||75›|
|Webroot Internet Security Essentials 6.1 & 7.0||66.7||75||58.3›|
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 ›