Independent anti-virus test sites provide one valuable point of view in choosing an AV product, and it’s always beneficial to evaluate other sources of input as well.
QUOTE: For a number of years German antivirus lab AV-Test rated antivirus products on three criteria: Protection, Repair, and Usability. Starting last month, they switched to Protection, Performance, and Usability; Performance previously was considered just a facet of Usability. The researchers will continue to test each product’s ability to repair existing malware infestations, but in a separate, dedicated test.
Bitdefender remains the top scorer in this test, with a total of 17 out of 18 possible points. If you trust the testing methodology used by AV-Test, you could hardly go wrong selecting this vendor. Norton took the next-highest score, 16 points. With 15.5 points each, Avast!, F-Secure, and Kaspersky also received special honors from AV-Test. The biggest score changer among these consistent top products was F-Secure, with a full 1.0 points better than the last time. The rest went up or down by no more than 0.5 points. Getting a good score in one antivirus test is fine, but staying consistently near the top is even better.
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