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The best antivirus

Many find themselves lost in choosing an antivirus for their computer among the wide range of antivirus available on the market. AV-TEST The Independent IT-Security Institute who periodically draws up one ranking of the best antivirus on the antivirusAll antiviruses have undergone various tests, for each test an evaluation has been given, on the basis of the test score the "AV-TEST certification" is attributed. To obtain the "AV-Test certification" each antivirus program must reach at least a total score of 10 out of 18 (adding the scores of the various test sections) and also must have at least 1 point for each section.

The test ratings I'm:

Protection:examines the antivirus being tested based on its ability to protect against zero-day malware attacks, block malicious software and detect common and unknown malware.usability:analyzes the influence that the antivirus program has on the usability of the operating system and how the program interfaces with the operating system itself, for example: alert messages, general and block messages, false positive messages when scanning the computer.Performance:takes into account the actions that influence the performance of the computer during the daily use of the antivirus, for example: downloading files from the internet, copying files locally or on the network, installing programs, starting and using programs such as Word or Excel.

In the ranking, the most important section is considered Protection, then that of Performance and finally that of Usability; the antiviruses of this classification have been tested on the Microsoft operating system Windows 7:

  • Bitdefender Internet Security 21.0certificateProtection: 6Performance: 6 Usability: 6
  • Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 17.0certificateProtection: 6Performance: 6 Usability: 6
  • Norton Security 22.8certificateProtection: 6Performance: 6 Usability: 6
  • Trend Micro Internet Security 11.0certificateProtection: 6Performance: 6 Usability: 6
  • F-Secure Safe 14certificateProtection: 6Performance: 6 Usability: 5.5
  • Avast Free AntiVirus 12.3 & 17.1certificateProtection: 6Performance: 4.5 Usability: 6
  • G DataG Data InternetSecurity 25.3certificateProtection: 6Performance: 4.5 Usability: 6
  • Quick Heal Total Security 17.00certificateProtection: 5.5Performance: 6 Usability: 6
  • AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0certificateProtection: 5.5Performance: 5 Usability: 6
  • Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10certificateProtection: 5.5Performance: 5 Usability: 6
  • ThreatTrack VIPRE Internet Security Pro 9.3certificateProtection: 5.5Performance: 5 Usability: 6
  • AVG Internet Security 16.1 & 17.1certificateProtection: 5Performance: 5.5 Usability: 6
  • Avira Antivirus Pro 15.0certificateProtection: 5Performance: 5.5 Usability: 6
  • BullGuard Internet Security 17.0certificateProtection: 5Performance: 5.5 Usability: 5.5
  • K7 Computing Total Security 15.1certificateProtection: 5Performance: 5 Usability: 5.5
  • ESET Internet Security 10.0certificateProtection: 5Performance: 4.5 Usability: 6
  • MicroWorld eScan Internet Security Suite 14.0certificateProtection: 4.5Performance: 4.5 Usability: 6
  • McAfee Internet Security 19.0 certificateProtection: 4Performance: 5.5 Usability: 5
  • Convenient Anti-Malware 10.0 certificateProtection: 4Performance: 3 Usability: 6

The best antivirus

  1. Top of the rankings, with maximum marks in all sections (Protection 6, Performance 6, Usability 6), we find:Bitdefender Internet Security 21.0, Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 17.0, Norton Security 22.8, Trend Micro Internet Security 11.0.
  2. Following, with a score of Protection 6 but with a lower score in the other sections:F-Secure Safe 14 (Performance 6 and Usability 5.5), Avast Free AntiVirus 12.3 & 17.1 (Performance 4.5 and Usability 6), G Data Internet Security 25.3 (Performance 4.5 and Usability 6).
  3. With a score of Protection 5.5:Quick Heal Total Security 17.00 (Performance 6 and Usability 6), AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0 (Performance 5 and Usability 6), Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10 (Performance 5 and Usability 6), ThreatTrack VIPRE Internet Security Pro 9.3 (Performance 5 and Usability 6).
  4. The other tested antivirus programs scored Protection equal to or less than 5.

If you want to further investigate the results obtained from the various tests for each individual antivirus, you can consult the AV-TEST website (in English).

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