Over the course of a year, Austrian testing lab AV-Comparatives puts antivirus and security suiteproducts through a wide-ranging regimen of tests. The product that scores best overall in the year's tests earns the title "Product of the Year." Bitdefender took that honor this year, but the competition was tight.
Tests and Scoring
Nine significant tests from 2012 fed into the results for this year end summary. Two File Detection tests, roughly six months apart, measured a product's ability to detect current malware. A Proactive detection test evaluated zero-day malware blocking by forcing each product to use outdated malware definitions. Detecting active malware isn't sufficient; security products should also clean up the infestation. AV-Comparatives ran a Malware Removal test that specifically used samples detected by all tested products, checking how thoroughly each cleaned up malware traces.
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