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Malware Protection Test Enterprise September 2020 – Testresult

Date September 2020
Language English
Last Revision October 12th 2020

Release date 2020-10-15
Revision date 2020-10-12
Test Period September 2020
Number of Testcases 1,063
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 2020 (August – November). 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. behavioral 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, 1,063 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. As expected, all the tested products had zero false alarms on common business software.

  Malware Protection Rate False Alarms on common business software
Avast, Fortinet, G Data, Microsoft, VMware
100% 0
Bitdefender, ESET, K7 99.9% 0
Cisco, FireEye, Kaspersky, Sophos 99.7% 0
Crowdstrike, Vipre 99.6% 0
Cybereason, Elastic 99.5% 0
Acronis 99.4% 0
SparkCognition 99.3% 0
Panda 99.2% 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. This is provided mainly just as additional information, especially for organisations which often use uncommon non-business software or their own self-developed software. The results do not affect the overall test score or the Approved Business Product award. The false alarms found were promptly fixed by the respective vendors.

FP rate  Number of FPs on
non-business software
Very Low 0-5
Low 6-15
Medium/Average 16-25
High 26-50
Very High 51-100
Remarkably high >100


  FP rate on non-business software
Acronis, Bitdefender, Cisco, ESET, Kaspersky Very low
Avast, FireEye, G Data, Sophos, Vipre Low
Elastic, Microsoft, SparkCognition, VMware Medium/Average
CrowdStrike, Cybereason, Fortinet High
K7, Panda Very high
Remarkably high

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(October 2020)