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Consumer Malware Protection Test March 2023

As part of its ongoing Consumer Main-Test Series, AV-Comparatives has released the results of its March 2023 Malware Protection Test for consumer security solutions. 16 popular anti-malware programs were evaluated to assess their ability to detect and block malicious files before, during or after execution.

The test examines a product’s ability to prevent a malicious program from making any changes to the system. The test set used for this test consisted of 10,015 malware samples. To ensure that the tested programs do not protect the system at the expense of high false-alarm rates, a false-positives test is also run.

The products tested by AV-Comparatives were Avast Free Antivirus, AVG AntiVirus Free, Avira Prime, Bitdefender Internet Security, ESET Internet Security, F-Secure Internet Security, G Data Total Security, K7 Total Security, Kaspersky Standard, McAfee Total Protection, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Norton Antivirus Plus, Panda Free Antivirus, Total Defense Essential Antivirus, TotalAV Antivirus Pro, and Trend Micro Internet Security.

A total of 10 products reached the highest award level, Advanced+. These were Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, G DATA, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, and TotalAV. These all achieved very high protection rates with low false positives.

Like all of AV-Comparatives’ public test reports, the report of the 2023H1 Malware Protection Test can be downloaded free of charge and without registration from the lab’s website.