AV-Comparatives Summary Report 2022

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Approved Security Product Award​

The tested products of all the 17 vendors above are AV-Comparatives 2022 Approved Windows Security Products.

Management Summary

Tests​

In 2022, AV-Comparatives subjected 17 consumer security products for Windows to rigorous investigation. All the programs were tested for their ability to protect against real-world Internet threats, identify thousands of recent malicious programs, defend against advanced targeted attacks, and provide protection without slowing down the PC.

Results and Awards​

Whilst all of the programs in our test reached an acceptable level overall, some programs outperformed others. For details, please see “Overview of levels reached during 2022”. In order to recognise those products that achieve outstanding scores in our tests, we have given a number of end-of-year awards that highlight the best results in each test, and overall. The Product of the Year, Outstanding Product and Top Rated Awards are based on overall performance in the Public Consumer Main-Test Series; there are also Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for each individual test type. Please see the Award Winners section for more details of the awards.

The 2022 Product of the Year Award goes to Bitdefender; Avast, AVG and Kaspersky win Top-Rated Awards.

Overview of tested products​

Here we provide a summary for each of the programs tested, with a note of each one’s successes during the year. Although the user interface does not affect any awards, we have noted some of the best UI features as well.
Avast takes a Top-Rated Product Award for 2022, after reaching Advanced+ level in 6 out of 7 tests, and Advanced for the remaining test. It also receives Silver Awards for the Real-World Protection Test and Malware Protection Test. It has a very clean, modern interface, and the setup wizard offers ideal options for both expert and non-expert users.

AVG takes a Top-Rated Product Award for 2022, after reaching Advanced+ level in 6 out of 7 tests, and Advanced in the remaining test. It also receives Silver Awards for the Real-World Protection Test and Malware Protection Test. It has a touch-friendly interface and good setup options.

Avira wins the Gold Award for the Real-World Protection Test. It also received five Advanced+ and one Advanced Awards in this year’s tests. The program features a modern, touch-friendly interface. Its sensitive on-access protection detects malware on external drives and network shares as soon as these are opened.

Bitdefender is AV-Comparatives’ Product of the Year for 2022, having received the highest Advanced+ Award in all 7 tests this year. It also wins a Silver Award for the Advanced Threat Protection Test, and Bronze Awards for the Real-World Protection Test and Malware Protection Test. Its well-designed user interface includes a customisable home page, and external drives are automatically scanned on connection.

ESET receives Gold Awards for the Advanced Threat Protection Test and the False Alarm Test, and the Bronze Award for the Performance Test. It reached Advanced+ level in three tests this year, and Advanced in a further two. Reviewers were impressed with the clear and simple layout of the GUI, and ease of use.

G Data takes the Bronze Award for the Advanced Threat Protection Test. It received 4 Advanced+ and 2 Advanced Awards in the year’s tests. Reviewers noted its proactive scanning of external drives, detailed status display, and excellent access control.

K7 gets the Gold Award for the Performance Test this year, and also took three Advanced+ Awards in the 2022 tests. Its highly sensitive on-access protection detects malware on external drives or network shares as soon as they are opened. The K7 Firewall co-ordinates perfectly with Windows’ settings, and reviewers noted its simple, easy-to-use interface.

Kaspersky receives a Top-Rated Product Award for 2022, having taken the highest Advanced+ award for 5 out of 7 tests, and Advanced for the other two tests. It additionally takes Bronze Awards for the False Alarm Test and Advanced Threat Protection Test. External drives are automatically scanned on connection, and malware in network shares is detected as soon as they are opened.

Malwarebytes received one Advanced+ and one Advanced Award in this year’s tests. Reviewers noted the clear status alerts and fine-grained access-control options. The choice of light and dark modes lets you optimise readability of the interface.

McAfee takes the Bronze Award for the Malware Protection Test. It also received 5 Advanced+ Awards in the 2022 tests. Its user interface is clean, modern and touch friendly, and the McAfee Firewall co-ordinates perfectly with Windows’ settings.

Microsoft gets the Bronze Award for the Advanced Threat Protection Test. It also received two Advanced+ and three Advanced Awards in the year’s tests. The product is integrated into Windows 10, and has a simple, unobtrusive interface. Its sensitive on-access protection detects malware on external drives and network shares as soon as these are opened.

NortonLifeLock takes the Gold Award for the Malware Protection Test. It also received four Advanced+ Awards in this year’s tests. It has a well-designed overall user experience, with detailed malware information accessible from alerts. Access control options are excellent.

Panda receives the Silver Award for the Performance Test. It also got two Advanced+ and two Advanced Awards in this year’s tests. Reviewers noted its security-blog feature, which lets you read articles on various IT-security related topics. Although it is a free product, upselling is very subtle and unobtrusive.

TotalAV takes the Silver Award for the False Alarm Test this year. It also got two Advanced+ and three Advanced Awards in the 2022 tests. It features a very simple, easy-to-navigate program window. Malware alerts are informative, and let you manage multiple detections from a single dialog box.

Total Defense took two Advanced+ and two Advanced Awards in this year’s tests. Its user interface stands out for its simplicity. External drives are automatically scanned on connection, and sensitive on-access protection detects malware on a network share as soon as this is opened.

Trend Micro received one Advanced+ and two Advanced Awards in this year’s tests. The user interface presents a simple overview but allows easy access to advanced options. Its persistent malware and status alerts stand out, and the online manual is clear and easy to read.

VIPRE took three Advanced+ and three Advanced Awards in this year’s tests. It has a very clean design and a good online help feature, which you can search directly from the program. Sensitive on-access protection proactively deletes malware on an external drive as soon as this is opened........................
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