Kaspersky Internet Security and Trend Micro Internet Security have been awarded top honours in the latest evaluations of antivirus software by German lab AV-TEST.
AV-TEST recently instituted tough performance tests that resulted in the two Internet security software emerging with perfect 18 out of 18 combined scores on malware protection, system performance and usability.
Avira Free Antivirus and (Symantec) Norton Security, which were each docked half a point on system performance impact took the second position.
Bitdefender Internet Security (the only perfect scorer on Windows 7 last time) tied with AVG Internet Security for third place.
According to the German lab, AV-TEST’s more rigorous performance tests now involve five tasks: visiting websites, downloading files, running applications, installing applications and copying files. These are performed on two computers: a “standard” PC with an Intel Xeon X3360 CPU running at 2.83GHz, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, and a “high-end” machine with an Intel i7 3770 CPU clocking at 3.40GHz, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive.
Avira, Bitdefender and Kaspersky regularly top AV-TEST’s evaluations.