SE Labs | Home Anti-Malware Protection | 2021 Q3 (July to September)

  1. This test shows how an antivirus behaves with certain threats, in a specific environment and under certain conditions.
    We encourage you to compare these results with others and take informed decisions on what security products to use.
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Level 2
Thread author
Sep 21, 2021
Full Detailed Report:

Protection Ratings + Legitimate Software Ratings:

The results below indicate how effectively the products dealt with threats:
Calculated based on a number of "Detected, Blocked, Complete Remediation, Neutralised, Persistent Neutralisation, and Compromised" and Targetted Attack Scoring (Access, Action, Escalation, Post-Escalation) with their own weights (Details on Page 10).

These results break down how each product handled threats into some detail:

These ratings indicate how accurately the products classify legitimate applications and URLs:
Product interactions ratings with the user + prevalence (popularity) of applications and websites are taken into account (Details on Page 15-16).


Level 12
Top Poster
Aug 2, 2020
Avira has a strong past, it became popular because its Free version usually matched the much bigger AVs paid for version sometimes even beating them.
After Norton bought them last year its good that has not changed.

I wasn't aware they have a Free security suite unless that is what they are calling the free version now . :unsure:

So its a VPN and Password Manager. Its free so can't complain.
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  • Antivirus
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Level 2
Thread author
Sep 21, 2021
Too bad they don't put some AV like Eset, Bitdefender etc :/
Perhaps because of agreements or opted-out. There are two more tests you can check: Enterprise Endpoint Protection (2021 Q3) and Small Business Endpoint Protection (2021 Q3). ESET participated in both while Bitdefender only in the Small Business test.
Total Accuracy Ratings in all three tests (including Home) always have this ranking order: Microsoft, Kaspersky, ESET (not participated Home test), McAfee, and Sophos.
I think it's quite comparable if these two vendors participated in the SE Labs's Home test, Bitdefender should get #1 and ESET one rank lower than Kaspersky.
Also, comparing these tests with AV-Comparatives, Bitdefender is the only one who keeps getting the best award (Advanced+) to date (2021 tests) while ESET in two latest 2021 tests got one lower award than Kaspersky too (but McAfee is outperforming Kaspersky one award higher in one test).

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