Sunday, June 24, 2012 Performance Test (Suite Products) - Impact of Internet Security Suites on System Performance (May 2012) has released their Performance Test (Suite Products) -  Impact of Internet Security Suites on System Performance . They make  clear that the results are intended to give an indication of the respective internet security suites’ impact on system performance.  The table below has the top five from the test, Webroot, Avira, Avast, Eset, and Sophos.  Also included are the bottom two in the test, Fortinet and PC Tools. 
The second through fourth columns are all tests by  The second column is a subset of the results from their performance test.  Test cases for this involved file copying,  archiving/unarchiving,  encoding/transcoding, installing, uninstalling, and launching applications, and downloading files.

The rankings  from AV-Comparatives'  May  2012 Whole Product Dynamic Test, and overall results from their March On Demand Detection Test are in the next two columns.  BitDefender came in a five-way tie for first in the Whole Product Dynamic test with 99.1% blocked.  G Data took top honors on the On Demand Detection Test.

The last column is from   and their March/April testing on consumer internet security suites.  They scored the products on Protection, Repair, and Usability.  BitDefender Internet Security Suite was the top product with 17 out of 18 points.

As you would expect, performance, as in speed/impact on system performance,  means little when it comes to how well a product stops malware (though it does give a company some bragging rights).   In looking at the other columns, it shows that to  make an informed decision, you should look at multiple tests (not a lot of correlation between the three columns).  However, given the double-digit rankings for the products that were the “fastest” in the other tests, you should look to see which products topped the testing. 

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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 test reports.

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