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Consumer Malware Protection Test March 2024

AV-Comparatives is thrilled to announce the release of the results of the March 2024 Malware Protection Test for consumer security solutions. This test, conducted as part of the Consumer Main-Test Series, evaluates the performance of leading anti-malware programs in detecting and blocking malicious files.

Test Focus and Methodology

Our evaluation extends beyond simple detection rates, aiming to assess each product’s ability to proactively prevent system compromises by malicious programs. To achieve this, we subjected 16 prominent anti-malware solutions to a battery of tests using a diverse set of approximately ten thousand malware samples. In addition to evaluating protection efficacy, we meticulously examined false-positive rates to ensure that robust security measures do not come at the cost of disrupting users with unnecessary alarms.

The Tested Products

Among the array of consumer security products evaluated in our March 2024 Malware Protection Test are Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Internet Security, Avira Free Security, Bitdefender Total Security, ESET HOME Security Essential, F-Secure Internet Security, G Data Total Security, Kaspersky Standard, McAfee Total Protection, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Norton Antivirus Plus, Panda Free Antivirus, Quick Heal Internet Security, Total Defense Essential Anti-Virus, TotalAV Antivirus Pro, and Trend Micro Internet Security.

Acknowledging Excellence

We are pleased to report that a significant number of products showcased exemplary performance, earning our highest award level, designated as “Advanced+.” These distinguished solutions include Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, ESET, G DATA, and Kaspersky. Demonstrating robust protection rates coupled with minimal false-positive occurrences, these products stand out for their ability to effectively safeguard consumers against the ever-growing spectrum of malware threats.

Access the Detailed Report

For those eager to delve into the comprehensive findings of our March 2024 Malware Protection Test, we invite you to access the full report on our website. As with all our public test reports, the report is available for download free of charge and without the need for registration. Gain valuable insights into the performance of leading antivirus solutions and make informed decisions to enhance your digital security posture.