comparatives-tests Comparative tests of antivirus software

At AV-Comparatives we limit the number of participants in our tests to usually around 16-20 vendors and our aim is to include only good and reliable products/vendors. To achieve this, we have devised various requirements to be met in order to be included in the testings. This also aids us identify and filter out rogue anti-virus vendors.

Real-World Protection Tests

Full product long-term dynamic test reports. We thoroughly evaluate the suites' "real-world" protection capabilities with default settings. The framework is recognized as an innovation in computer science.


Malware Protection Test

The Malware Protection Test assesses a security program’s ability to protect a system against infection by malicious files.


Performance Tests

Programs running in background such as real time protection antivirus software use some percentage of system resources. These tests help users evaluate their anti-virus protection in terms of system speed (system performance).


Heuristic / Behaviour Tests

These Heuristic/Behaviour tests evaluate the products against new and unknown malware to measure the proactive protection capabilities (heuristics, generic signatures, behaviour blocker, aso).

The Heuristic / Behaviour Tests also take into consideration the false positive rate.


False Alarm Tests

False alarms can sometimes cause as much troubles as a real infection.

With AV testing it is important to measure not only detection capabilities but also reliability – one of reliability aspects is certainly product’s tendency to flag clean files as infected.


Malware Removal Tests

These tests (aimed mainly for home users) evaluate the anti-virus products' capability of removing malware and its leftovers from an already compromized system.

For this test we use mainly prevalent “in-the-field" samples from infected PCs of customers.


Mobile Security Reviews

Integration of new technologies into smartphones also brings risks of malware, phishing and concentrated attacks on sensitive data.
This section contains tests and reviews of Mobile Security products.


Mac Security Reviews

These reviews evaluate the protection provided to Mac OS users.
Macs are being attacked more and more by cybercriminals, who start to take advantage of the complacency towards malware threats amongst Mac users.


Business Reviews

These tests put special emphasis on business product features which are important to sys admins.
The resulting reviews are time-saving resources for sys admins when they need to decide on an antivirus solution.


Anti-Phishing Tests

These tests evaluate the protection provided against phishing websites. These malicious websites can pose a real threat to any user who is connected to the Internet, as they attempt to steal sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details.


Single Product Tests

Often, antivirus vendors rely on AV-Comparatives to give them an unbiased and competent feedback regarding their new product features and feature updates. These commissioned reviews of a single product help vendors improve their software and offer valuable data regarding the product's overall performance.


File Detection Tests

The File Detection Test is one of the most deterministic factors to evaluate the effectiveness of an anti-virus engine. These test reports are released twice a year and include false alarm test. See how the products perform in this basic component test.  


About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. Currently, AV-Comparatives' Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection. AV-Comparatives works closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide innovative scientific testing methods.
If you plan to buy an Anti-Virus, please visit the vendor's site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features and important things for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself. Even if quite important, the data provided in the test reports on this site are just some aspects that you should consider when buying Anti-Virus software.

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