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AV-Comparatives Names Antivirus Product of The Year

INNSBRUCK, Austria, 18th January 2022 – The independent ISO-certified security testing lab AV-Comparatives has named its antivirus Product of the Year.

During 2021, AV-Comparatives subjected 17 consumer security products for Windows to rigorous long-term testing.

All tested products received the test lab’s Approved Security Product Award. This is given to all products that demonstrated they can provide competent protection against a wide variety of threats, without unduly affecting the computer’s performance or raising too many false alarms. The award is a certification of an effective and reliable product. The tested products were: Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Microsoft, NortonLifeLock, Panda, TotalAV, Total Defense, Trend Micro, and VIPRE.

The antivirus solutions were tested for their ability to protect against real-world internet threats, identify malicious programs, defend against advanced targeted attacks, and provide protection without slowing down a PC.

After considering the results of these tests, AV-Comparatives announced that its 2021 Product of the Year Award has been granted to McAfee.

In 2021, McAfee received 6 Advanced+ Awards and one Advanced Award. It took a Gold Award for the Malware Protection Test, along with joint Silver Awards for the Real-World Protection and Advanced Threat Protection Tests. A review revealed that its user interface is clean, modern and touch friendly, whilst the McAfee Firewall co-ordinates perfectly with Windows’ settings.

Avast, AVG and Bitdefender have won Outstanding Product Awards, whilst Kaspersky won the Top-Rated Product Award.

Andreas Clementi, CEO and founder of AV-Comparatives, said: “Congratulations to McAfee and the other award-winning vendors. Whilst all of the AV solutions in our tests achieved an acceptable level overall, some outperformed others.”

We are happy that last year’s tests helped several vendors to find bugs in their software and that this information contributed to improving the products.”

AV-Comparatives conducts the most rigorous tests on the market, so vendors whose products were recognised with an award should take this as a recognition of excellence. However, there is no such thing as the perfect security program. Before selecting a security product, please visit the vendor’s website and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version to see if it meets your needs.”

We’re looking forward to carrying out even more testing in 2022.”

A total of 17 vendors’ products were tested throughout the last year. The awards were based on assessments carried out as part of the AV-Comparatives Consumer Main Test-Series, which incorporates the Real-World Protection Test, Performance Test, Malware Protection Test, False-Alarm Test and the Advanced Threat Protection Test.

The Product of the Year Award is given to the AV solution with the highest overall scores across all the tests in the Public Consumer Main Test Series. AV-Comparatives’ awards and rankings are based entirely on products’ technical capabilities, not on any other factors such as costs.

Like all AV-Comparatives’ public test reports, the 2021 Summary Report is available for free: https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/summary-report-2021/
PDF version: https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/avc_sum_202112.pdf

About AV-Comparatives: AV-Comparatives is an independent organisation offering systematic testing to examine the efficacy of security software products and mobile security solutions. Using one of the largest sample collection systems worldwide, it has created a real-world environment for truly accurate testing.

AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible av-test results to individuals, news organisations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides a globally recognised official seal of approval for software performance.