March 11, 2024 | Text: Markus Selinger | Awards
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AV-TEST Awards 2023 for McAfee

It’s award season again! With its AV-TEST Awards 2023, the AV-TEST Institute is honoring the vendors of security products for consumer users and corporate users for the thirteenth time. Throughout the year 2023, the renowned institute examined a multitude of products on Windows, MacOS and Android platforms in its labs and awarded its highly coveted test certificates for excellent performance. Only the products that constantly proved their worth by consistently achieving top values throughout all tests are now being presented with one or even several of the sought-after AV-TEST Awards 2023 as a trophy to honor their success. The AV-TEST Institute is looking forward to not only presenting its awards but also celebrating its 20th anniversary. The 2023 Awards in the test categories of Best Protection for Consumer Users and Best Advanced Protection for Consumer Users under Windows go to McAfee.

AV-TEST Awards 2023

for McAfee


The AV-TEST Award – valuable confirmation of consistent IT security

Vendors, companies and users all expect a test structure that is constantly transparent and understandable, and AV-TEST fulfils every aspect of these expectations. All of the products tested at the AV-TEST Institute are subjected to a clearly defined test structure. The results of the tests are clearly documented, valid and authoritative. In the entire year 2023, the institute examined and evaluated security products at regular intervals in the test areas of Protection, Performance and Usability, using Windows, Mac and Android platforms. As an additional series of tests, the Advanced Threat Protection tests identify the special defensive capabilities of products, for example their ability to fend off ransomware or data stealers, in extremely detailed individual examinations.

All products that meet AV-TEST’s high criteria are awarded a certificate for tested security against IT threats. Products with achievements clearly above the industry standard when tested under Windows are additionally rewarded with the “TOP PRODUCT” label. At the end of 2023, all of the values recorded and labels awarded were combined to determine the winners of the AV-TEST Awards.

2024 is a special year for AV-TEST, marking the company’s 20th anniversary and its thirteenth award ceremony. At this year’s ceremony, 33 strong awards are being presented to 14 different vendors. Over the past twenty years, AV-TEST has conducted thousands of highly professional tests in its laboratories and published an abundance of expert reports. These have, in turn, provided IT security specialists and IT publications with a reliable source of information time and time again. Throughout the twenty years of the AV-TEST Institute to date, many vendors have also used the test certificates and awards presented by the company as evidence of their trustworthy status among retailers, traders and buyers.

AV-TEST Awards for McAfee – outstanding IT security

Whenever a test of protection software is published, normally the first question asked by users is: "What is the best program?" This question is clear, considering the fact that the object is to protect Windows from the nearly 850 million attackers registered at AV-TEST, for example. For an entire year, the lab sent McAfee into the ring against the most dangerous and latest members of the malware gang. The results provide an answer to the question initially posed: In terms of test results from the lab, a product from security vendor McAfee regularly came out on top throughout the entire year of 2023. For this performance, McAfee Total Protection is recognized with the Best Protection Award for Consumer Users under Windows.

But classic detection of malware is not everything. Detection in the advanced tests is yet another special discipline in the labs at AV-TEST. Because even if a security tool doesn't detect an attacker, it still has backstop methods such as EDR and other protection techniques to fend off malware in subsequent steps. For its unfailing error-free performance throughout the entire test year of 2023, McAfee Total Protection is receiving the Best Advanced Protection Award for Consumer Users under Windows.



"The Protection Awards under Windows have always been among the most coveted of all awards. That is why we are especially pleased to present a total of two of these accolades to McAfee – our congratulations on the awards! The Best Protection Award for Consumer Users under Windows underscores the year-long good work of the McAfee developers. Add to this the Best Advanced Protection Award for Consumer Users, which shows that users can rely on the protection package even in precarious situations", says Maik Morgenstern, CEO of AV-TEST.

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