Several AV companies won product of year awards from independent testing firm AV-Test recently

The Best of 2014 –  The award for best protection goes to Trend Micro. Not only did Trend consistently take high marks for protection, it also did well in the other two categories. For least impact on performance, Kaspersky took the prize. It demonstrated “no negative impact on the speed of the computer” and again scored well in the other two tests.

Avira earned Best of 2014 for usability, because it “always achieved outstanding results in all the test units.” Of course, low false positives aren’t meaningful unless coupled with good detection of actual malware. Avira accomplished that in AV-Test’s evaluation, though it didn’t do so well in our own testing.

Other Awards –  AV-Test rates both consumer and corporate security products. The full report also includes a corporate winner in each category.  Of course, malware isn’t just a Windows problem. Android, in particular, is becoming a very popular target. In the Android realm, two vendors shared top honors, Qihoo and Cheetah Mobile. The report also honored Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool as the best utility to make repairs after a malware attack