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Consumer Performance Test April 2021

AV-Comparatives released their latest Performance Test Report for consumer security products under Microsoft Windows 10.

17 consumer products were tested regarding their impact on system performance. But keep in mind: Protection is more important than speed!

AV-Comparatives Releases Performance Test Report Unveiling the Impact of Security Software on System Performance

AV-Comparatives, an independent test lab for antivirus software, release the latest performance test report highlighting the impact of consumer security software on system performance for low-end systems.

AV-Comparatives today announced the formal release of its latest performance test results, evaluating the impact of anti-virus software on system performance. This independent testing lab is dedicated to inform users about protection against cybercrime with its systematic testing of the market’s most popular security software solutions. The company creates a real-world environment for accurate testing by utilizing one of the largest sample collections worldwide.

The products evaluated by AV-Comparatives for its performance test include Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Free Antivirus, Avira Antivirus Pro, Bitdefender Internet Security, ESET Internet Security, G Data Total Security, K7 Total Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, Malwarebytes Premium, McAfee Total Protection, Microsoft Defender, NortonLifeLock Norton 360, Panda Free Antivirus, Total AV Total Security, Total Defense Essential Antivirus, Trend Micro Internet Security, and Vipre Advanced Security.

The tests conducted by AV-Comparatives for each of the products include file copying, archiving/unarchiving, installing applications, launching applications, downloading files, browsing websites, and PC Mark 10 Professional Testing Suite.

AV-Comparatives carried out its performance test on a low-end machine with an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and SSD drives and Windows 10 20H2 64-Bit system. The tests were conducted with an active internet connection. Adequate measures were taken to minimize the factors capable of influencing the measurements and/or comparability of the systems. PC Mark 10 Professional performance testing suite was used to measure the system impact during real-world product usage.

The reported data provides just an indication and may not be applicable in all circumstances because many factors can play an additional part. It has also been informed that users should always put higher emphasis on protection compared to speed and all tested products were fast enough to reach at least the “STANDARD” Award or better.

In autumn AV-Comparatives will release its speed-impact test for high-end systems.