TETTNANG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Security software pioneer Avira today announced that it earned the highest possible ratings in real-world dynamic protection and malicious file detection tests from AV-Comparatives, the leading independent tester of security software.
The top results demonstrate Avira’s consistently high performance at defending computers against malware both on the street and in the testing lab.
In the Whole Product Dynamic Test, AV-Comparatives threw a collection of 449 live test cases at a computer. These test cases were all working exploits and URLs leading to malware – just the kind of experience that the better-than-average web surfer would encounter. And, when we say better-than-average, we mean that the test computer was running Windows 7 and was fully patched for known security vulnerabilities. Avira identified 100% of the malware samples and had zero false positives – a simply stellar performance.
In the File Detection Test, AV-Comparatives ran a larger set of 163,763 recent or prevalent malware samples by their test computers. The test examined the ability of antivirus software to detect these real malware samples and also their reliability in doing this – the ability to identify malware accurately, with a minimum of false positives. Avira detected 99.9% of all malware and matched this with a low number of false positives. These joint result qualified Avira to receive the Advanced+ award, the highest result.
“We are absolutely pleased with Avira winning the Advanced+ award on the basis of its results. The AV-Comparative tests are designed to mimic the conditions faced by real users, so we believe there is a close linkage between test results and what computer users will experience in their day-to-day lives,” said Philipp Wolf, Avira Protection Labs EVP.
A significant part of the File Detection test focused on false positives – when antivirus software incorrectly identifies a file as being malicious. The false positives were divided into fixed groups or ranges, with Avira placed in the number one grouping.
“With our Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection Test and the File Detection Test of Malicious Software, we have created an environment for verifying that security software can actually perform as it should,” said Andreas Clementi, CEO of AV-Comparatives.“
AV-Comparatives is an independent testing organization focused on security software. Its tests have carved out a reputation within the industry as a primary measuring stick for the effectiveness and the efficiency of antivirus software.
About Avira GmbH
Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a family-owned company with headquarters near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need.