AV-Test.org just released their 3rd quarter test results in which it tested products from 16 Antivirus vendors. The testing includes protection, repair and usability. I was surprised to see two vendors listed who didn’t fair well in the testing and unfortunately didn’t get certification.Best Antivirus Product

  • Protection: covers static and dynamic malware detection, including real-world 0-Day attack testing.
  • Repair: checks the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail.
  • Usability: includes the system slow-down caused by the tools and the number of false positives.

In order to reach certification, a product must score 12 points. The point system is from 0 to 5 (5 being the highest).

The highest score by an Antivirus vendor was Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010/2011 which had an average score of 5.33 and a total of 16 points. Norman Security Suite 8.0 scored the lowest with a 2.66 average and 8 total points.

What was surprising in this report is that McAfee Internet Security 2010/2011 and Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 did not pass certification. They both scored under 12 points.

Only 16 vendors were published and according to AV-Test.org“Three more products were tested, but the test reports will not be published until further notice.”