TETTNANG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Security expert Avira announced today that the latest OPSWAT Market Share Report shows Avira Free Antivirus is top-ranked in usage and effectiveness—as measured by the percentage of all users running real-time protection—beating out 11 other competitors.
OPSWAT’s August 2013 report analyzed a sample of 3,000 Windows computers worldwide and used the presence of active real-time protection (RTP) as a proxy for whether the product subscription is active, is being regularly updated, and is effective. A product with RTP enabled is currently running on a user’s machine, while a product without RTP enabled is expired or inactive.
According to the report, 97.4 percent of all users of Avira Free Antivirus percentage are running real-time protection. This percentage bested 11 other competitors, and nearly eclipsed Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) at 98 percent. MSE is pre-installed on all Windows 7 computers and the OPSWAT report further found that 14.3 percent of MSE users also have another antivirus product like Avira running simultaneously.
“As a free product, it is easy to presume that many of our customers download the product but don’t actively use it. However, this research finds exactly the opposite to be true–in fact nearly all of our installations are active and users rely upon our real-time security protection,” said Travis Witteveen, CEO at Avira.
The complete OPSWAT report can be found here.
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More than 100 million consumers and small businesses depend upon Avira’s security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, making the company the number-two market share leader globally. Avira is ranked #1 in technology innovation according to ABI Research; recommended by Consumer Reports for its free antivirus software; cited by OPSWAT as the #1 fastest-growing antivirus vendor in 2012 and the #2 largest vendor worldwide in 2011; and has received a nearly unbroken string of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards for the past decade.
Avira provides IT-security protection to computers, smartphones, servers and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services. Visit www.avira.com.