contact-avc About AV-Comparatives 

"We put the most popular anti-malware software through our comprehensive, unbiased and realistic testing environments to prove that they really protect against threats. Our results provide consumers with an independent rating so they can compare various products on the market and use the appropriate solution for their needs."
Andreas Clementi, Chairman of AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives Team

How it began

The story of AV-Comparatives began the way it does with so many computer users, namely with a virus infection.
In 1993, Andreas Clementi was hit by a computer virus: the “November 17 virus – NOV_17.855”. This awakened his interest. Andreas was not satisfied with the sometimes very contradictory tests of antivirus programs in computer magazines, and so began the intensive investigation of malware and antivirus software, which continues to this day.

In 1999, he founded AV-Comparatives as a student project at the University of Innsbruck. This was done purely out of technical interest, to see how good the products of different manufacturers actually are.

The response was enormous, as the manufacturers of antivirus software became aware of the duo in Innsbruck and wanted to take part in the tests.


AV-Comparatives team means a growing number of professional full-time employees, tens of skilled volunteers and part time workers worldwide and top technological resources. New technicians and testers are constantly being trained, and more employees are being recruited internationally.

Currently, there are so many applications from major manufacturers that only the best products can be accepted. The test results are still freely accessible on the website, and form the basis for further reports in computer magazines.

The AV-Comparatives community is constantly growing. We're glad you're a part of it.


AV-Comparatives also relies on volunteers and interns, who support our work as part of their studies. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us in this way.
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About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. Currently, AV-Comparatives' Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection. AV-Comparatives works closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide innovative scientific testing methods.
If you plan to buy an Anti-Virus, please visit the vendor's site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features and important things for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself. Even if quite important, the data provided in the test reports on this site are just some aspects that you should consider when buying Anti-Virus software.

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