AV-Comparatives Releases Antivirus-Comparative Summary Report 2013
The tests cover:
Whole-Product Dynamic “Real -World” Protection
Overall Performance (Low System-Impact)
Proactive (Heuristic/Behavioural) Protection
The annual awards are based on the Real-World Protection Test, Overall Performance Test, File Detection Test, and False-Positive Test (all of these were compulsory). Optional tests were the Proactive Test, Malware Removal Test, and Anti-Phishing Test.
“The Anti-Virus Comparative Summary Report 2013 is a great summary of the public main test-series we conducted in the past year,” commented Andreas Clementi, AV-Comparatives founder and CEO. “Like all our public reports, it’s free for users and available in several languages from our website.” All products tested support Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
AV-Comparatives is transparent on how testing is performed. Further information is available on the organization’s web site. The English language versions of all products were tested with the exceptions of Kingsoft, Qihoo and Tencent. For these products, the Chinese version was used.
Kaspersky Internet Security received three stars in all nine tests performed by AV-Comparatives in 2013. Bitdefender Internet Security received three stars in eight of the nine tests, and ESET Smart Security in seven of the nine tests. There was a whole range of total stars awarded, from Kaspersky’s twenty-seven stars to one company’s product that received five stars and four “tested” ratings.
AV-Comparatives found Kaspersky Lab’s interface clear and easy to use. Additional functionality in Kaspersky Internet Security included anti-spam, a firewall, and parental controls. Protection was hybrid, a combination of “cloud” and protection on the device itself. Safe Money protects data during online financial transactions. Technical support from Kaspersky is available by both chat and email.
The top rated products, after Product of the Year for Kaspersky Lab, came from Avast, Avira, Bitdefender, BullGuard, ESET, Fortinet and F-Secure (in alphabetical order).
AV-Comparatives gave Emsisoft Antimalware special recognition for getting the Silver Award in the Real-World Protection Test in its first year of testing.
For users that have a strong aversion to browser toolbars, less than a third of the products tested added a toolbar to the browser.
The products tested came from around the globe, including companies based in Europe, North America and Asia. Seven free products, including Panda Cloud Antivirus Free and avast! Free Antivirus were tested.
Each vendor uses a variety of methods for detecting and blocking viruses and other malware. In addition to detection algorithms and behavioural analysis on the client PC, the products also use other advanced technologies such as cloud and reputation services.
Much of the report consists of multiple-page user-interface reviews for all products. This section did not have any impact on the awards given out. However, this section is meant to provide users with an idea of what each program is like regarding installation, everyday use, help features, and so on.
“There’s a relatively comprehensive checklist of features included as a table in the report. Users should visit the company’s websites for further information,” said Clementi. Half of the vendors offer customer support via live chat while the others use email. Two thirds of the vendors provide a “game mode”, so that system resources can be dedicated to playing games online without being interrupted by notifications.
“As with fine wine, the market-share leaders in antivirus and Internet security are not necessarily the ones that finished top in testing. Readers may be surprised at some of the test results and rankings”, said Peter Stelzhammer, AV-Comparatives’ co-founder and Member of the Board.
Stelzhammer explained that AV-Comparatives' “Real-World Protection Test” is the most comprehensive test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. “This test’s framework replicates what an ordinary user experiences in an everyday online environment,” he said. Monthly results for this test can be viewed at http://www.av-comparatives.org/dynamic-tests/. Results can be sorted by both results and vendor.
AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus and internet security products and mobile security solutions, live up to their promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, the organization 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. Besides performing AV comparative testing and publishing the results in reviews and reports freely available to the public, AV-Comparatives provides other services related to the IT security field.
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