Consumer Real-World Protection Test Factsheet Jul-Aug 2023
AV-Comparatives, a renowned provider of independent antivirus product evaluations, has unveiled interim findings from its ongoing Real-World Protection Test, conducted from July to August 2023. These assessments rigorously scrutinized the performance of 16 top-tier antivirus solutions for consumers, evaluating their effectiveness under everyday conditions experienced by users worldwide.
The current interim findings stem from an exhaustive set of 254 real-world test cases, encompassing live malicious URLs and active malware exploits. This method gauges how proficient these security products are at safeguarding computers during internet use against genuine malware threats.
Part of AV-Comparatives’ Main-Test Series, the Real-World Protection Test covers the following 16 home user products (latest versions at the time of testing): Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Free Antivirus, 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.
AV-Comparatives’ test methodology draws on years of expert knowledge and continuous monitoring, earning accolades and certifications for its Real-World Protection approach. Interactive charts detailing our Main Test Series methodologies are regularly updated and available on its website, allowing users to track product protection rates and stability over time.
While all products in our test performed admirably, AV-Comparatives caution against those with higher false-positive rates, which can potentially disrupt user experiences. AV-Comparatives’ comprehensive consumer product reports, spanning four months each, are published annually in June and November. These reports include false-alarm tests and awards based on overall scores achieved during the respective four-month periods.
All test results are readily accessible, offering consumers a means to monitor product safety and make informed decisions when selecting antivirus solutions.