Tuesday, October 04, 2011

AV-Test Product Review and Certification Report – Q3-2011

During July and August 2011, AV-Test (www.AV-Test.org) tested 25 internet security products in the areas protection, repair and usability. The highest score possible in each category was 6.0. The test was on Windows 7. Six company’s products failed the test by failing to achieve a score of 11 or greater. The companies with the top four scores and the avg score of the three categories are below:

5.5 - BitDefender: Internet Security Suite 2011
5.2 - F-Secure: Internet Security 2011
5.2 - Panda: Internet Security 2011
4.8 - Kaspersky: Internet Security 2011
4.8 - AVG: Internet Security 2011
4.8 - Security Coverage SecurityIT Plus

McAfee, PC Tools, and Webroot were among the companies whose products failed to receive certification.

The table below combines several things. The ranked score for AV-Test.org ‘s August/September test, the ranked score for the Q2 test running on Windows XP, and the Q3 Av-compratives.org overall data detection rankings from their for On Demand Detection for Malicious Software. The caveat for this column is that the test used vendors’ antivirus 2011 products. AV-test.org used internet security suite 2011 products for the most part. There are blanks where products were not tested for particular tests.

What Does it All Mean?

In addition to reading comprehensive product reviews, you should look at the details for the above tests. Also, read the product reviews for the products you’re interested in. Don’t rely on Facebook Fans’ thumbs up. A different digit may be raised, should their laptops catch something.



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