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Consumer Real-World Protection Test July-October 2023

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

AV-Comparatives Unveils Findings of the Latest Real-World Protection Test for Consumer Security Solutions

In its continuous commitment to evaluating the effectiveness of home-user security programs, AV-Comparatives, a renowned antivirus testing lab, is pleased to announce the results of its July to October 2023 Real-World Protection Test. This comprehensive assessment encompassed 16 of the most popular anti-malware programs, evaluating their capabilities in safeguarding users against Internet-borne threats.

The Real-World Protection Test, a significant component of our ongoing Consumer Main-Test Series, was designed to mirror the conditions users encounter on a daily basis. It rigorously determined whether each threat could make any alterations to the test system, reflecting the real-world impact of these security solutions. In addition, to assess the user-friendliness of the programs and minimize the occurrence of false alarms, all products underwent a false-positives test. Products exhibiting high levels of false alarms saw their award levels adjusted accordingly.

The 16 home-user security programs evaluated in the 2023 Real-World Protection Test include: 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 Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Norton Antivirus Plus, Panda Free Antivirus, TotalAV Antivirus Pro, Total Defense Essential Antivirus, and Trend Micro Internet Security.

Out of these tested products, a total of seven distinguished themselves by reaching the highest award level, “ADVANCED+,” in the Real-World Protection Test. In alphabetical order, these top-performing security solutions are Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, G Data, Kaspersky, and McAfee. These programs demonstrated exceptional capabilities in protecting users from a wide range of Internet-borne threats.

As with all AV-Comparatives public reports, we are dedicated to providing open access to the Real-World Protection Test report without the need for registration or fees. We believe in the importance of transparency and the availability of information to empower consumers to make informed decisions. You can read or download the full report on our website:]

AV-Comparatives remains committed to its mission of helping individuals and organizations navigate the complex world of cybersecurity. Our Real-World Protection Test is one of many avenues through which we provide invaluable insights to support users in making the best security choices.