The 2010 Anti-Virus league tables are out!
AV Test have now released the results of their 2010 best anti-virus for Windows 7.Â The tests put each anti-virus package through a rigorous set of tests to determine not only how good they are at detecting and removing malware and viruses, but also how usable the software isâ€¦
During the 2nd quarter of 2010 we have tested 19 security products in the areas protection, repair and usability. The "Protection" covers static and dynamic malware detection, including real-world 0-Day attack testing. In case of "Repair", we check the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail. The "Usability" testing includes the system slow-down caused by the tools and the number of false positives. A product has to reach at least 12 points total in order to receive a certification. 13 products have fulfilled our requirements and received an AV-Test certificate.
The following, in order from best score to worst, are the packages that have received certification, the top four also scored highest for anti-virus and malware protection.
- AVG : Internet Security 9
- G Data : Internet Security 2010/2011
- Panda : Internet Security 2010
- Symantec : Norton Internet Security 2010
- F-Secure : Internet Security 2010
- Kaspersky : Internet Security 2010
- PC Tools : Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 7.0
- BitDefender : Internet Security Suite 2010
- Avira : Premium Security Suite 10.0
- Microsoft : Security Essentials 1.0
- Avast : Internet Security 5.0
- Eset : Smart Security 4.0
- Webroot : Internet Security Essentials 6.1
Old favourite McAfee failed to gain certification this year.
My personal recommendations are, as always, AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials.Â Partly because theyâ€™re both free (AVG also has paid-for options). but also because theyâ€™re simple to set-up and easy to use.Â Neither impact on your system resources very much either.
I will always recommend that you make sure you have anti-virus and anti-malware software installed and that you keep it up to date.Advertisement