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.

Summary Reports

Annually we release a summary report that collates the results of the various tests. We then give awards and comment on product abilities.

The Product of the Year award goes to the vendor whose software performed best overall in the main test series. Finally, a number of products which reached a very high overall standard are given the Top Rated award. The Summary Reports also include individual reviews of each of the programs tested by AV-Comparatives in the main test series. The reviews cover the program’s user interface and everyday tasks such as updating and scanning, to give readers an idea of what the software is like to use in real life, and how well-suited it is to both expert and non-expert users.


About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit 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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