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.

File Detection Tests

Aims of the test and target audience The File Detection Test assesses the ability of antivirus programs to detect malicious files on a system. Whilst the test only assesses one antimalware feature of the programs, this feature is important for a security solution. This is because it can identify malware attacks from sources other than the Internet, and detect malicious files already present on the system.

Test Procedure

We install each antivirus program on its own physical PC, and update the signatures. The malware sample files are then scanned using the program’s standard scanning procedure, and the number of detections is recorded. The PCs remain connected to the Internet during the test, meaning that the security programs can use any cloud features provided by their manufacturers.

Typically, more than 100,000 malware samples are used for the test. These are prevalent malicious files of all types that have been recently collected, i.e. within a period of a few weeks or months before the test is performed.

To ensure that the tested programs do not simply identify all unknown files as malware, a false-positive test is also conducted for every File Detection Test. Any programs with a high rate of false positives will have their award reduced by at least one level. For example, a program which has a detection rate high enough to earn an Advanced Award will be demoted to a Standard Award if it produces a high rate of false alarms.

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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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