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AV-Comparatives Releases New Consumer Performance Test for Anti-Virus Products

Are you experiencing slowdowns in your computer’s performance?

Anti-virus programs have been around for decades and have improved significantly over the years. But even with the advances in technology, these programs can still affect system performance, which is not good news for consumers. The new Consumer Performance Test from AV-Comparatives, the leading independent testing lab for anti-virus software, is designed to measure the impact of antivirus programs that run in the background.

K7, Panda, Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, ESET, Norton, McAfee, Avast, AVG and TotalAV all achieved the Advanced+ award level, with G Data, Trend Micro and F-Secure achieving the Advanced award level. Total Defense and Microsoft achieved the Standard award level.

The Consumer Performance Test includes both “Antivirus” and “Internet Security” consumer products. AV-Comparatives has tested the same products that are included in the protection tests of the Consumer Main Test Series. The tests were performed on a low-end machine with an active Internet connection to allow for the real-world impact of cloud services/features.

Besides their own scientific speed measurement methodology AV-Comparatives used a third-party, industry-recognized performance testing suite (PC Mark 10 Professional) to measure the system impact during real-world product usage.

The test results show the impact on system performance that a security product has, compared to the other tested security products.

AV-Comparatives will continue to develop and adapt their test methodologies to cover real-life scenarios even better in future tests. Readers are invited to evaluate the various products themselves, to see what impact they have on their systems due to factors such as software conflicts, user preferences, and different system configurations that may lead to varying results.

For more information about the Consumer Performance Test and the AV-Comparatives’ Main Test Series, please visit their website