Performance Test (Suite Products) November 2013
Impact of Anti-Virus Software on System Performance
|Test Period||November 2013|
|Online with cloud connectivity|
|False Alarm Test included|
We want to make clear that the results in this report are intended only to give an indication of the impact on system performance (mainly by the real-time/on-access components) of the various Internet security products in these specific tests. Users are encouraged to try out the software on their own PC’s and see how it performs on their own systems.
- Kingsoft Internet Security 2013.SP5
- ThreatTrack Vipre Internet Security 2014
Please note that the results in this report apply only to the products/versions listed above (e.g. 64-Bit versions, product version, etc.). Also, keep in mind that different vendors offer different (and differing quantities of) features in their products.
- File copying
- Archiving / Unarchiving
- Encoding / Transcoding
- Installing / Uninstalling applications
- Launching applications
- Downloading files
- PC Mark 8 Professional Testing Suite
The tests were performed on an Acer Aspire XC600 machine with an Intel Core i5-3330 CPU (3GHz), 4GB of RAM and SATA II hard disks. The performance tests were done on a clean and fully updated Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit system (English) and then with the installed Internet security software (with default settings). The tests were done with an active Internet connection to allow for the real-world impact of cloud services/features.
The hard disks were defragmented before starting the various tests, and care was taken to minimize other factors that could influence the measurements and/or comparability of the systems. Optimizing processes/fingerprinting used by the products were also considered – this means that the results represent the impact on a system which has already been operated by the user for a while. The tests were repeated several times (with and without fingerprinting) in order to get mean values and filter out measurement errors. After each run, the workstation was defragmented and rebooted. We simulated various file operations that a computer user would execute: copying (we use around 3GB of data consisting of various file types and sizes (pictures, movies, audio files, various MS Office documents, PDF files, applications/executables, Windows operating system files, archives, etc.).) different types of clean files from one place to another, archiving and unarchiving files, encoding and transcoding (converting MP3 files to WAV, MP3 to WMA and AVI to MP4) audio and video files, converting DVD files to iPod format, downloading files from the Internet, launching applications, etc. We also used a third-party, industry-recognized performance testing suite (PC Mark 8 Professional) to measure the system impact during real-world product usage. Readers are invited to evaluate the various products themselves, to see how they impact on their systems (due to e.g. software conflicts and/or user preferences, as well as different system configurations that may lead to varying results).
Security products need to load on systems at an early stage to provide security from the very beginning – this load has some impact on the time needed for a system to start up. Measuring boot times accurately is challenging. The most significant issue is to define exactly when the system is fully started, as many operating environments may continue to perform start-up activities for some time after the system appears responsive to the user. It is also important to consider when the protection provided by the security solution being tested is fully active, as this could be a useful measure of boot completion as far as the security solution is concerned. Some security products load their services very late at boot (or even minutes later). Users may notice that some time after the system has loaded, it will become very slow for a little while; thus, it initially looks as though the system has loaded very quickly, but in fact the security product just loads its services belatedly, leaving the system more vulnerable. As we find this misleading, we still do not publish boot times in our reports.
These specific test results show the impact on system performance that anti-virus products have, compared to the other tested anti-virus products. The reported data just gives an indication and is not necessarily applicable in all circumstances, as too many factors can play an additional part.
|AVC Score||PC Mark Score||Impact Score|
|1.||Avira, Bitdefender, Sophos||90||99.0||1.0|
|2.||Avast, F-Secure, Kaspersky||90||98.8||1.2|
The out-of-box system impact score with enabled Windows Defender on Microsoft Windows 8.1 is 5.5
Award levels reached in this Performance Test
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