Many purchasers aren't aware that these test rankings exist and are often swayed by product marketing to buy an antivirus which may not give them the best virus protection software available.
Here, I'll let you know who the testing bodies are and which antivirus programs come out on top.
We shouldn't just be looking at one-off performances -- we all want software that is consistently in the top quartile and has continuing development so our software is automatically upgraded with new advances.
For normal Internet access -- and especially if the computer is also being used for banking, purchasing or business -- it's imperative to get a program with the best antivirus rating.
For new starters and seasoned users alike, ideal programs are pretty transparent in use but also allow independent control of its features.
Little known to the general consumer is the fact that there are a number of organizations that test and certify antivirus software and some of these results are available to the surfing public! For instance...
AV products that have been certified can be viewed at ICSA Labs. Products are not ranked but are certified if they have passed the rigorous testing matrix.
Any AV software we install should have at least one of these certifications.
Personally, I prefer independent organizations that not only test but also compare the performance of AV products to produce antivirus software ratings.
Just imagine not having to rely on the sales pitch provided by marketers or spending hours reading reviews to find out which are the best antivirus ratings!
Well, good news, because the two organizations listed below do just that...
AV-Comparatives is an independent body that both tests and compares the performance of the major antivirus products.
'The Real World Protection Tests' evaluate Internet Security Suites' "real-world" protection capabilities with default settings. Their results were similar to AV-TEST, above.
It also compares antivirus software for DOS viruses/malware, Windows viruses, macro viruses, script viruses/malware, worms, Backdoors, Trojans (including keyloggers), other malware, including rootkits, and other OS viruses/malware.
After testing, AV software is classified according to the results as, 'Standard', 'Advanced', or 'Advanced+' -- the best antivirus program being the 'Advanced+'.
There were only 2 antivirus software products to gain the coveted 'Advanced+' award for malware detection and removal...
To see the results of the certification and testing bodies, go to Antivirus Ratings -- Best Virus Protection Software