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Malware Protection Test Enterprise March 2022 – Testresult

Date April 2022
Language English
Last Revision May 11th 2022

Release date 2022-05-17
Revision date 2022-05-11
Test Period March - April 2022
Number of Testcases 1,007
Online with cloud connectivity checkbox-checked
Update allowed checkbox-checked
False Alarm Test included checkbox-checked
Platform/OS Microsoft Windows

This report is an excerpt of the Business Security Test 2022(March – June). For more details, please click here.


The Malware Protection Test assesses a security program’s ability to protect a system against infection by malicious files before, during or after execution. The methodology used for each product tested is as follows. Prior to execution, all the test samples are subjected to on-access scans (if this feature is available) by the security program (e.g. while copying the files over the network). Any samples that have not been detected by the on-access scanner are then executed on the test system, with Internet/cloud access available, to allow e.g. behavioural detection features to come into play. If a product does not prevent or reverse all the changes made by a particular malware sample within a given time period, that test case is considered to be a miss. For this test, 1,007 recent malware samples were used.

Tested Products

Test Results

The following chart shows the results of the Business Malware Protection Test:

False positive (false alarm) test with common business software

A false alarm test done with common business software was also performed. All tested products had zero false alarms on common business software.

  Malware Protection Rate False Alarms on common business software
100% 0
Acronis, Bitdefender, Trellix
99.9% 0
Avast, Cisco, G Data, Kaspersky, Microsoft, VIPRE 99.8% 0
Elastic 99.6% 0
Cybereason 99.5% 0
CrowdStrike 99.3% 0
Sophos 99.2% 0
K7 98.5% 0
ESET 98.2% 0
97.6% 0
92.9% 0

In order to better evaluate the products’ detection accuracy and file detection capabilities (ability to distinguish good files from malicious files), we also performed a false alarm test on non-business software and uncommon files. Results are shown in the tables below; the false alarms found were promptly fixed by the respective vendors. However, organisations which often use uncommon or non-business software, or their own self-developed software, might like to consider these results. From this year onwards, products are required to have an FP rate on non-business files below the Remarkably High threshold in order to be approved (as announced last year). This is to ensure that tested products do not achieve higher protection scores by using settings that cause excessive levels of false positives.

FP rate Number of FPs on
non-business software
Very low 0 – 5
Low 6 – 15
Medium/Average 16 – 35
High 36 – 80
Very high 81 – 125
Remarkably high > 125
  FP rate on non-business software
Acronis, ESET, Kaspersky, Microsoft Very low
Avast, Bitdefender, Cybereason, Sophos, VIPRE, VMware, WatchGuard Low
K7, Trellix Medium/Average
Cisco, Crowdstrike, Elastic, G Data High
Very high
Malwarebytes Remarkably high

It should be noted that Malwarebytes had Remarkably High levels of false positives on non-business files. Administrators should consider whether this might create problems in their respective organisations’ specific environments.

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(May 2022)