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AV-Comparatives Awards 2023 for Microsoft

Microsoft achieved great success in AV-Comparatives’ Enterprise and Consumer Main-Test Series of 2023. 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. The program is simple to use and comes pre-installed with Windows.

Microsoft’s cloud-based Endpoint Manager console allows administrators to centrally manage and monitor features and settings for Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Microsoft’s own antivirus program, which is built into the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes.


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 was successful in both the Enterprise and Consumer Main-Test Series, taking an Approved Enterprise & Business Security Award for the former, and an Approved Security Product Award for the latter.

Malware Protection Test March 2023 - STANDARDPerformance Test April 2023 - STANDARDReal-World Protection Test February-May 2023 - ADVANCED+Business Security Test 2023 (March - June) - APPROVEDMalware Protection Test September 2023 - ADVANCED+Performance Test October 2023 - ADVANCEDReal-World Protection Test July-October 2023 - ADVANCEDBusiness Security Test 2023 (August - November) - APPROVEDSummary Report 2023 - APPROVED