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Consumer Real-World Protection Test February-May 2024

The first half-year results of the ongoing Consumer Real-World Protection Test are now available!

AV-Comparatives Publishes Latest Consumer Security Solutions Test Results

Continuing its dedication to assessing home-user security software, AV-Comparatives, a prominent antivirus testing lab, proudly presents the results of its Real-World Protection Test conducted from February to May 2024. This thorough evaluation covered 16 leading anti-malware programs, scrutinizing their effectiveness in shielding users from internet threats.

The Real-World Protection Test is an integral part of our ongoing Consumer Main-Test Series, designed to replicate real-life scenarios that users face daily. The test meticulously checked whether each threat could alter the test system, reflecting the practical impact of these security solutions. Additionally, to gauge user-friendliness and reduce false alarms, every product was subjected to a false-positives test. Products with high false alarm rates had their award levels adjusted accordingly.

The 16 home-user security programs assessed in the 2024 Real-World Protection Test include: Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Internet Security, Avira Free Antivirus, 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, TotalAV Antivirus Pro, Total Defense Essential Antivirus, and Trend Micro Internet Security.

Of these, seven products achieved the highest award level, “ADVANCED+,” in the Real-World Protection Test. These top-tier security solutions, listed alphabetically, are Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, G Data, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Total Defense. These programs excelled in protecting users from various internet-borne threats.

As always, AV-Comparatives is committed to transparency and provides open access to the Real-World Protection Test report without any registration or fees. We believe in empowering consumers with the information they need to make informed security decisions. Read or download the full report on our website:

AV-Comparatives continues its mission to help individuals and organizations navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape. Our Real-World Protection Test is one of many ways we offer crucial insights to aid users in selecting the best security solutions.