Thursday, October 01, 2015

AV-Comparatives Malware Removal Test – September 2015

AV-Comparatives has released the results of their AV-Comparatives Malware Removal Test for 2015. Products tested were a combination of free and paid solutions.  Sixteen products were tested. Five received three stars or the Advanced Plus award. Kaspersky topped the list. BitDefender was third and the three “A’s”, Avast, AVG Technologies and Avira, rounded out the three star recipients.

AV-Comparatives Malware Removal Test

The Malware Removal Test focused only on the malware removal/cleaning capabilities of the products. The report was written with home users in mind and not administrators or advanced users.  These individuals  may have the knowledge and tools for removal of malware on the system.  To compare products for their protection and detection capabilities, you may want to download AV-Comparatives “Real World Protection Test” and “File Detection Test”.

The ABC or “Avoids Being Compared” Award

More data and testing by an unbiased test group help   consumers make an informed decision when selecting products to secure their devices.  The number of likes on a product’s web site doesn’t cut it for security when licensing  a product.  Comparative testing also motivates companies to improve their products.  It’s disappointing when companies decline to be tested.

For the AV-Comparatives Malware Removal Test, the ABC Award or “Avoids Being Compared” Award goes to Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro. All three of these companies have solutions with sizeable share in the antivirus/internet security consumer marketplace.  Perhaps they will step up for the next test. McAfee and Trend Micro are usually there. Symantec? Not so much.

The Malware Removal Test  document is located at

All of AV-Comparatives’ tests can be found at

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