Antivirus Performance Comparison

Antivirus performance comparison

All computer users should consider installing an antivirus program from a third party. These tools can help detect and remove malware from computers, and can also block malicious websites which may attempt to sabotage or corrupt data. These tools can reduce the speed and performance of a computer whenever they run a scan or update their database with infected files. This article compares the performance of different antivirus programs in tests that measure how much they can slow down a computer.

The independent AV Comparisons lab runs several tests to evaluate the security software products. Its tests examine protection in real-world scenarios detection of infected files (classical testing), performance and many other functions. Every test type is conducted repeatedly over the period of one year. upon the basis of these results, AV-Comparatives issues Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to security products.

This test was inspired by a real-world customer scenario. Many customers use complex PowerShell scripts to dump data from one file system to another and these processes can take a few hours or even days to complete. These complex scripts are run on high-performance hardware, so we wanted to determine how long the antivirus scanner could influence this, and how the tools used the available resources on each machine.

Avira Prime was a top performer in the AV-Comparatives tests, which included the 99% Mac malware, PUA protection and 100% Windows Malware detection. However it requires a paid subscription for full functionality, and its advertising messages can be a bit annoying.

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