Sunday, September 16, 2012

September AV-Test Product Review and Certification Report – July through August 2012

During July and August, AV-Test ( tested twenty-three consumer   internet security products (for the most part) in the areas of protection, repair, and usability.  The highest score possible in each category was 6.0.  The test was on Windows XP.  Go to their   web site for the individual component scores and to download free one-page reports on each of the companies’ products tested.  The web site does not total and rank the results.  Two products failed certification, from Lavasoft and AhnLab.  Note that most of these were performed with 2012 products.  It’s only since late August and early September that the 2013 products have been rolling out.  Avast had the only free product among the top scorers.

AV-Test Top Four Scores July through August Test

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 & 2013 -17.0
  • BitDefender Internet Security 2012 - 16.5
  • Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 10.2 - 16.0
  • Avast Free AntiVirus 7.0 - 15.0
  • Avira Internet Security 2012 - 15.0
  • Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012 - 15.0

 F-Secure's  score  dropped to 14.5 in the latest test.This dropped them to seventh overall.

AV-Test Top Four Scores - May through June Test

  • BitDefender Internet Security 2012 – 17.0
  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 – 16.5
  • F-Secure Internet Security 2012 – 16.5
  • Check Point Zone Alarm Free Antivirus – 16.0 

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

There are many test groups out there.  You should also look at test results from Virus Bulletin   and AV-comparatives   as well.

To see some of the scores the 2013 internet products have been receiving from reviewers, go to 


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.  

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