AV Test have now released the results of their 2010 best anti-virus for Windows 7. 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 is…
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.
Old favourite McAfee failed to gain certification this year.
My personal recommendations are, as always, AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials. Partly because they’re both free (AVG also has paid-for options). but also because they’re simple to set-up and easy to use. 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.
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