Six of the eight products scored an “A” or higher for blocking malware attacks.
The reports are provided free of charge to the community.
AUTIN, Texas, August 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CyberRatings.org, the nonprofit dedicated to providing transparency on the effectiveness of cybersecurity products, has released the results of its Q2 2022 endpoint protection benchmark test.
Focusing on endpoint products with antivirus protection, the products tested were Avast Free Antivirus, AVG AntiVirus Free, ESET Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection, Norton 360, Microsoft Defender, Sophos Home Premium, and Trend Micro Maximum Security.
“The bad guys are getting bolder and the malware/ransomware campaigns keep getting more sophisticated,” said Vikram Phatak, CEO of CyberRatings.org. “Most infections occur within the first few hours of launching a new campaign. The time it takes for a security product to block the attack is very significant,” adds Phatak. “That’s why we tested not only how much malware a product blocked, but also rapidly it blocks an attack.”
Over 40,000 live tests have been performed on each product, providing a margin of error of ±0.49%. Trend Micro Maximum Security offered the best protection, blocking 97.97% of malware. Sophos Home Premium provided the second highest protection, blocking 97.47%, followed by Microsoft Defender at 97.13%. Sophos was the fastest to add protection against previously unlocked malware, followed closely by Trend Micro.
With more businesses embracing remote work, a user’s protection is likely limited to the web browser and its endpoint protection product. Therefore, it is important to be aware of products that work as advertised.
Comparative test reports provide metrics for malware-blocking products over time, the average time a product added protection, and the average time it took a product to add protection.
The test was funded by CyberRatings.org and no vendor paid to participate or not in the test. As a service to the community, CyberRatings.org provides these reports for free.
The following protection/antivirus products have been tested:
- Avast Free Antivirus – v22.4.6011 (build 22.4.7175.725)
- AVG AntiVirus Free – v22.4.3231 (build 22.4.7175.725)
- ESET Internet Security – v220.127.116.11
- McAfee Total Protection – v16.0 R46
- Norton 360 (latest updates)
- Sophos Home Premium – v4.1.0
- Trend Micro Maximum Security – v17.7.1243
- Windows Defender – Antimalware Client v4.18.2203.5
CyberRatings.org is a 501(c)6 nonprofit entity dedicated to quantifying cyber risk and providing transparency on the effectiveness of cybersecurity products through testing and evaluation programs. To become a member, visitwww.cyberratings.org