Antivirus Performance Comparison

It’s important to understand the amount of computer resources your antivirus program will consume. The best software is one that has minimal impact on the system performance while still providing excellent security against malware and viruses.

The most reputable antivirus software companies have extensive test software that is widely published in PDF format, which is free to download. The reports provide at-a-glance assessments of protection, performance and usability for each of the suites, as well as detailed graphs and charts that show the results of certain testing elements. The percentage of real-world malware and exposures to the reference set that the program blocks, neutralises or compromises, as well as the number of false positives detecting of benign programs, are key figures to watch out for.

Avast Free Antivirus had the most impressive scores for Windows virus detection in AV-Comparatives tests that were conducted in June 2023. It also had the highest percentage of success in removing Mac malware. It also scored well in the full-scan, passive and quick-scan categories.

Of the paid-for programs, Bitdefender Total Security had the tiniest post-installation background system impact which was followed by Kaspersky Total Security and ESET Security Cloud Free. It was the slowest for both full-scans and quick-scans. The program’s relatively light background impact could be due to the fact that the program does not run by default on Windows 10 and 11, as most of its rivals do.

Intego X10 had the smallest overall background and full-scan system effects, yet it managed to catch every single piece of malware that was tested. It’s rare to find a company that is solely focused on Macs and makes it a valuable addition to any security arsenal.

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