AV-TEST The best Windows antivirus software for home users: April 2022

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MindaugasJ

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May 25, 2022
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During March and April 2022 we continuously evaluated 18 home user security products using their default settings. We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.
Results:
Test antivirus software for Windows 10 - April 2022

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SeriousHoax

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Mar 16, 2019
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Looks like most products missed a few zero days in March. It seems only Avast/AVG, Kaspersky and Trend Micro detected 100% zero-day in March. Of course, it doesn't mean they are better than the rest.
My Avast/AVG's web browsing experience for some reason never matches with AV-Test. In my test, browsing is very fast, unlike what their test shows every time.
 

MindaugasJ

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May 25, 2022
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Looks like most products missed a few zero days in March. It seems only Avast/AVG, Kaspersky and Trend Micro detected 100% zero-day in March. Of course, it doesn't mean they are better than the rest.
My Avast/AVG's web browsing experience for some reason never matches with AV-Test. In my test, browsing is very fast, unlike what their test shows every time.
Interesting to see, because only Avg received 5.5 from performance :/
 

entropism

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Jul 30, 2019
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Because you can't have EVERYTHING as a "top product". The whole point of these tests is to see what's better than the others. If the margins are so slim that EVERYTHING is a "top product" you need to expand your testing (use more samples, etc) or become more stringent as to what qualifies as "top".

It's like going into a store and asking "What's your best X?" "Oh, they're ALL the best, sir!" Yeah, that's when you stop trusting that person immediately.

Also, let's not forget that TotalAV is a complete scam AV, and even having it tested is a joke, let alone rating it a "top product".