Saturday, March 24, 2012

AV-Test Product Review and Certification Report – Q1 -2012, Top Products from

In February, AV-Test ( ) tested twenty-three consumer and eight internet security products in the areas of protection, repair, and usability. The highest score possible in each category was 6.0. The test was on Windows XP. The top 9 products, total score, and the average of the three categories are contained in the table below. You’ll have to go to the web site for the individual scores and to download free one-page reports on each of the companies. All consumer products tested were certified. Eight business products were certified as well. Those can be seen on the av-test website along with the twenty three consumer products.

The top internet security products in order were

BitDefender Internet Security 2012, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012, F-Secure Internet Security 2012, AVG Internet Security 2012, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012, Norman Security Suite Pro 9.0, Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5.1, Panda Internet Security 2012, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 8.0, Avast Free AntiVirus 6.0, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, and G Data Internet Security 2012.

Some changes from Q4 of last year when the top 5 were from Kaspersky, BitDefender, F-Secure, G Data, and Symantec.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 was Product of the Year, with BitDefender Internet Security 2012, F-Secure Internet Security, and Avira Internet Security 2012 being Top Rated.


The AV-TEST Institute is a leading international and independent service provider in the fields of IT security and anti-virus research. The aim of the research work carried out by AV-TEST is to directly detect the latest malware, to analyze it using state-of-the-art methods and to inform their customers of the top-quality results obtained.


AV-Comparatives is an Austrian Non-Profit-Organization, which provides independent Anti-Virus software tests free to the public. Go to the AV-comparatives website for complete details about the organization, the many tests they perform, and to download copies of their reports.