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Security Software Test - Mar 2013

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Re-run of last years' test to make sure the security software I recommend (AVG Internet Security) is still the best choice for protecting my customers

 

This testing is completely unbiased towards AVG - if a different product had of come out top then I would have looked further into this and considered changing my recommendation, it is in no way fixed or tested to favour my recommended product, the whole point of the hours spent testing is to make sure that I and my customers are using the best protection available

 

This years results show that AVG do have competition in this area now, with BullGuard scoring very well in tests and also including online backup as part of the package - I will be testing BullGuard on my own computers over the coming weeks/months - and if BullGuard continues to perform as well as or better then I will consider supplying/recommending this product as well as or instead of AVG (depending on results)

 

It is clear from the testing that no product will give 100% protection, but a good product such as AVG along with a secure browser such as Internet Explorer will give you the best protection possible

Results

 

Product

Virus Infection

Virus Detection

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)

System File Protection

Phishing Emails

Usage

Comments

AVG Internet Security 2013

12/12

97.6%

PASSED

PASSED

FAILED

PASSED

Good results - only area it failed in was the email phishing links - which Internet Explorer would have blocked anyway

 

Includes a TuneUp and Driver Updater which can cause problems, so I would advise not using, but these can be ignored/disabled so did not affect overall result

BullGuard Internet Security 13

12/12

96.1%

PASSED

FAILED

PASSED

PASSED

Good results apart from protection of system files during test

 

Includes a data backup tool with 5gb of online storage space, parental controls, spam filter and vulnerability scanner (to check for missing security updates)

avast! Internet Security 8

11/12

96.8%

FAILED

FAILED

PASSED

PASSED

Okay results, failed in a couple of important tests though

 

Includes handy software updater to make sure all your software is up to date with the latest security fixes

BitDefender Internet Security 2013

11/12

97%

PASSED

PASSED

FAILED

 

FAILED

Test results not too bad, but slowed computer down noticeably, speed of browsing, booting all affected

GFI VIPRE Internet Security 2013

11/12

93.7%

PASSED

PASSED

FAILED

 

FAILED

Failed in important tests, and caused computer to crash during testing

ESET Smart Security 6 (NOD32)

10/12

88.9%

PASSED

FAILED

PASSED

FAILED

Failed in important tests and constantly bombards user with pop-up messages asking questions

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

12/12

93.3%

FAILED

FAILED

PASSED

FAILED

Failed multiple tests, slows down computer quite considerably, constantly asking questions rather than just getting on with its job

Norton Internet Security

9/12

88.4%

FAILED

PASSED

FAILED

 

FAILED

Quicker than previous versions, but failed miserably in most tests

McAfee Internet Security 2013

11/12

97.1%

FAILED

PASSED

PASSED

FAILED

Takes ages to install, slowed down computer, takes ages to scan/remove viruses and failed important tests

Microsoft Security Essentials

11/12

37.2%

FAILED

FAILED

FAILED

 

FAILED

Very low virus detection result and took hours to try and scan/remove what it did find, and also slowed down the computer

F-Secure Internet Security 2013

6/12

94.3%

PASSED

FAILED

FAILED

 

FAILED

Poor results in tests, constant pop-up messages asking what you want it to do

G Data InternetSecurity 2013

11/12

98.1%

FAILED

FAILED

FAILED

 

FAILED

Failed numerous tests - constant pop-ups asking what you want it to do with the files it has found

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013

5/12

77.5%

FAILED

FAILED

FAILED

 

FAILED

Failed miserably on all tests, slowed down computer and very slow to scan/remove what it did manage to detect