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AV-Comparatives Awards 2021 for Microsoft

Microsoft participated successfully in AV-Comparatives’ Enterprise and Consumer Main Test Series of 2021. The tests covered different protection scenarios, system performance, and false positives.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus includes all the essential features of an antivirus program in a clean, touch-friendly interface. No installation is required, and the program is simple to use. In our functionality check, Defender’s highly sensitive on-access protection detected and deleted malware on a USB drive or network share before it could be copied to the system.

AV-Comparatives’ tests are very carefully designed and executed to thoroughly and realistically simulate scenarios that face users in real life. Consequently, a certification by AV-Comparatives is a guarantee of an effective and reliable product. An “Approved Product” award means that the software has been rigorously checked to ensure that it will perform its intended task competently. It is an industry-recognised standard of quality.

AV-Comparatives’ tests have multiple aspects, to represent the different requirements of IT security solutions. Further awards highlight the effectiveness of individual programs in different protection scenarios, low false positives, and low impact on system performance. Users can thus see which programs score highly in the categories that matter most to them.

AV-Comparatives is an independent testing lab based in Innsbruck, Austria, that tests IT security products to see if they live up to their promises. AV-Comparatives is ISO 9001:2015 certified, having received a certificate from TÜV Austria for the scope “Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software”. AV-Comparatives is also the first av-test organisation to be certified by European Expert Group for IT-Security (EICAR) as an EICAR Trusted IT-Security Testing Lab.

AV-Comparatives Awards for Microsoft

Microsoft achieved creditable results in AV-Comparatives’ Consumer and Enterprise Main Test Series of 2021. Both series included a number of rigorous tests, covering different protection scenarios, false positives, and impact on system performance.

Microsoft was able to master all of these, and so received an Approved Business Security Product Award for both runs of the Enterprise Series, along with an Approved Product Award for the Consumer Series. In the latter, it won two Advanced+ Awards and three Standard.

Malware Protection Test March 2021 - STANDARDPerformance Test April 2021 - STANDARDBusiness Security Test 2021 (March - June) - APPROVEDMalware Protection Test September 2021 - ADVANCED+Performance Test October 2021 - STANDARDReal-World Protection Test July-October 2021 - ADVANCED+Business Security Test 2021 (August - November) - APPROVEDSummary Report 2021 - APPROVED