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AV Test Certifies 17 Security Suites for Windows 7

Recently, AV Test, a testing organization conducted a series of anti-malware certification tests on almost 22 products and rated them, depending on several different factors. The test was basically for the first quarter of 2011 based on Windows 7. According to the AV Test, out of 22, 17 products were stood worthy of AV-Test’s Certified badge. Five of them failed to make any impression.

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The purpose of these tests is to assess the products’ real-time protection capabilities, scanning detection rates, impact on the protected system and cleaning and disinfection. Point system was so designed that each of the categories could earn products up to six points and the passing marks were set to be 11 out of total 18 marks.

Following are given the names of 17 products able to pass the test:

  • Avast: Free AntiVirus 5.0 and 6.0
  • AVG: Internet Security 10.0
  • Avira: Premium Security Suite 10.0
  • BitDefender: Internet Security Suite 2011
  • BullGuard: Internet Security 10.0
  • Eset: Smart Security 4.2
  • F-Secure: Internet Security 2011
  • G Data: Internet Security 2011
  • Kaspersky: Internet Security 2011
  • Microsoft: Security Essentials 2.0
  • MicroWorld: eScan Internet Security Suite 11.0
  • Panda: Internet Security 2011
  • Sophos: Endpoint Security and Control 9.5
  • Sunbelt: Vipre Antivirus Premium 4.0
  • Symantec: Norton Internet Security 2011
  • Trend Micro: Titanium Internet Security 2011
  • Webroot: Internet Security Complete 7.0

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From the above list, BitDefender, F-Secure, and Symantec were the three products that went ahead of other 14 products and able to secure 15 or more points out of 18. Then comes G Data, Kaspersky, and Panda got 14 points each. AVG managed to get 13.5, Sophos 13 and ESET, Trend Micro, and Webroot able to get 12.5 points. Sunbelt (GFI) secured 12 points. Avast, Avira, eScan, and Microsoft, all four managed to get 12.54 points. The product that hardly managed to secure the passing points was BullGuard and held the last position with 11 points.

Following are given the names of products that failed to make any impression at all:

  • CA: Internet Security Suite 2011
  • Comodo: Internet Security Premium 5.0 and 5.3
  • McAfee: Total Protection 2011
  • Norman: Security Suite Pro 8.0
  • PC Tools: Internet Security 2011

Among these five products, Norman and McAfee got the lowest score of 8.5 points because of a good number of false positives. Certainly, McAfee is a big name in this list and this poor record has obviously shaken the heads of many for sure.

AV Test is aiming to have next certification tests in the 2nd quarter or Q2 of 2011 and this time for Windows XP. We will come back to you later with more news!

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