Virus protection is preinstalled on every Windows 10 computer – Microsoft Defender. It had a bad reputation for a long time. In a current test, he has now achieved the maximum number of points for the first time.
Even professionals are not immune to malware – as the case of the fitness accessories and navigation device manufacturer Garmin has shown in recent days. The company was the victim of a cyber attack when an encryption Trojan got into the system and caused various online services to fail for days.
Whether for protection against blackmail Trojans or stolen bank data: many private users swear by antivirus software. But in view of the immense selection, one wonders which service really reliably protects against known and new threats and whether it really has to be paid software.
22,000 malware attacks
The Magdeburg AV-Test Institute recently tested 40 antivirus programs, thus testing almost all relevant programs on the market for private users (22) and companies (18) under Windows 10.
Each individual protection software had to block 22,000 malware attacks, “whereby all protection functions such as URL / web filters, behavior-based detection and heuristics were taken into account in the test against zero-day threats and widespread malware,” the experts explain. In return, more than a million benign websites and files were checked to rule out false positives.
22 antivirus programs were tested for private users:
- AhnLab V3 Internet Security
- Avast Free Antivirus
- AVG Internet Security
- Avira Antivirus Pro
- Bitdefender Internet Security
- BullGuard Internet Security
- Cylance Smart Antivirus
- ESET Smart Security Premium
- F-Secure SAFE
- G Data Internet Security
- K7 Computing TotalSecurity
- Kaspersky Internet Security
- Malwarebytes Premium
- McAfee Total Protection
- Microsoft Defender
- Microworld eScan internet security suite
- NortonLifeLock Norton 360
- PC Matic Home
- Quick Heal Total Security
- Protected.net Total AV
- Trend Micro Internet Security
- VIPRE Security AdvancedSecurity avtest_2020-06_privatanwender_win10_diagram_de
Microsoft Defender shines for the first time
The most remarkable finding: For the first time, the Defender preinstalled on Windows 10 computers achieved full marks. In the three test categories of protection, speed and usability, it receives six out of six possible points every time. In addition, the Windows protection shone with a perfect detection rate, so it did not generate a single false positive. The result is remarkable because Microsoft’s standard protection had to take severe criticism a few years ago and was considered full of holes.
AhnLab, BullGuard, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, NortonLifeLock and Trend Micro also achieved the highest number of points in the categories (in alphabetical order). However, in addition to Microsoft Defender, only Kaspersky Antivirus managed 100 percent detection.
Malwarebytes (13.5 of 18), Cylance (14.5 of 18) and Microworld (15 of 18) performed worst in the current evaluation.
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