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Anti-virus on Windows 8/8.1 compared

Lab tests on 25 consumer and 9 business products show how each protect against threats, affect system performance and how often they generate false positives.

Independent test lab AV-Test has completed a series of tests for anti-virus/anti-malware products on Windows 8 and 8.1.

They compared both business and consumer solutions. For each, they tested with the then-current version last November and December to increase confidence in the numbers. They compared the business solutions to Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection and the consumer solutions to Microsoft Windows Defender.

For each, AV-Test generated scores for protection, performance and usability. Each score ranges from 0 to 6 and are added to make the Total score.

Protection is defined by how well they blocked known and unknown malware. Products with a score of 6 blocked 100% of malware or very close to it. Performance is a measure of the product’s impact on the system speed, but AV-Test provides no details on how the numbers were calculated. Usability is a function of the number of false positive detections in various situations; “Usability” is perhaps not the right word for it, but it’s a valuable metric nevertheless.

Below are the scores for the business solutions tested.

Bitdefender Endpoint Security 5.1 & 5.35.56617.5
Fortinet FortiClient 5.04.52612.5
F-Secure Client Security 11.0064.55.516
Kaspersky Lab Endpoint Security 10.165617
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise with EPO 8.8535.513.5
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection 201205.5611.5
Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 10.343613
Symantec Endpoint Protection
Trend Micro Office Scan 10.665.5617.5

The stand-out business products are from Bitdefender, Trend Micro and Kaspersky, with F-Secure not far behind. Bitdefender did not received a 100% score for detection, but it was very close. Trend Micro, Kaspersky and F-Secure fell short in system performance impact, but not by much.

Here are the consumer products:

AhnLab V3 Internet Security 8.01.5359.5
Avast Free AntiVirus 201435.5614.5
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 201445.55.515
AVG Internet Security 20144.555.515
Avira Internet Security 201465.5617.5
Baidu Antivirus 1.63.53612.5
Bitdefender Internet Security 201466618
BullGuard Internet Security
Comodo Internet Security Premium
ESET Smart Security 7.05.53614.5
F-Secure Internet Security 201465.5516.5
G Data InternetSecurity 201465516
K7 Total Security
Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 201466618
Kingsoft Antivirus 20133.5069.5
McAfee Internet Security 20145.53.55.514.5
Microsoft Windows Defender 4.305611
Microworld eScan internet security suite
Norman Security Suite Pro 10.1424.510.5
Panda Security Cloud Antivirus FREE 2.363.5615.5
Qihoo 360 Internet Security
Symantec Norton Internet Security 201463615
Tencent PC Manager 8.52.555.513
ThreatTrack VIPRE Internet Security 20143.535.512
Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 201463.5615.5

Bitdefender and Kaspersky get perfect scores, followed by Avira, F-Secure, Qihoo and G Data. Many products get a 6 in usability but are otherwise unremarkable or poor, including Kingsoft which gets a 0 on performance and 3.5 on protection. Nine products got a 6 on protection, the most important category, but some of them affect system performance negatively.

The two graphs below show the percentage of malware blocked by each product in December testing.



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