AV-Comparatives reveals top-performing consumer antivirus products in latest Malware Protection Test and Real-World Protection Test results

The Real-World Protection Test report can be found here:  https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/real-world-protection-test-feb-mar-2022-factsheet/  

These tests examined the performance of leading antivirus solutions in order to assess their capabilities in conditions experienced every day by users around the world.  

“As we see time and time again, the importance of reliable tests and trust in the products we use every day, and to keep users safe online, is imperative,” said Andreas Clementi, Founder and CEO of AV-Comparatives. “As threat tactics evolve and change, and the sheer number of threats that consumers must protect against continues to rise dramatically, we find the need for product testing ever more important. Users need to have full confidence that they have the right protections in place.” 

“Our rigorous process is designed to provide consumers with the information they need to make the most informed decisions on the best protection for their needs.”   

The antivirus products used in the test are installed on individual fully patched Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit computers, which are connected to the internet and updated each day as well as before every single test.  

 Real-World Protection Test

The interim results of this the Real-World Protection Test are based on a set of 362 live test cases (malicious URLs found in the field). The full report, covering four months of testing, will be released in June. 

The following products (latest version available at time of testing) were tested: Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Free Antivirus, Avira Prime, Bitdefender Internet Security, ESET Internet Security, G Data Total Security, K7 Total Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, Malwarebytes Premium, McAfee Total Security, Microsoft Defender, Panda Free Antivirus, NortonLifeLock Norton 360 Deluxe, TotalAV Antivirus Pro, Total Defense Essential Anti-Virus, Trend Micro Internet Security and VIPRE Advanced Security. 

The test results showed that:  

  • Avira achieved perfect protection and a low rate of false positives.  
  • AVG, Avast, ESET, Kaspersky, Microsoft and VIPRE achieved nearly perfect protection and a low rate of false positives. 
  • NortonLifeLock, Trend Micro and…