Test: Security software for endpoints and individual PCs


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The latest test results from the AV-TEST laboratory show very good performance of 16 established protection solutions for Windows at endpoints in companies. The laboratory also tested 16 products for non-networked individual PCs. 

The AV-TEST Institute tested a total of 2023 security solutions under Windows 32 in November and December 10. The detailed results show how well the products work in the areas of 'protection', 'system load' (performance) and 'usability'.

16 endpoint products tested

Each individual program had to fend off nearly 12.000 real malware attacks, taking into account all protection features such as URL/web filtering, behavior-based detection and heuristics in the test against zero-day threats and common malware. In the counter-check, over a million benign websites and files that should not be recognized were checked (false alarm test).

Most business solutions achieved the benchmark of 18 points in the test, with another very good 17,5 or even 17 points. The VMware Carbon Black Cloud solution was particularly noticeable in the test. She only ends up at the bottom of the table with 13,5 out of 18 points.

Company products under test

🔎 Test protection solutions: 16 business solutions for Windows in the laboratory test (Image: AV-TEST).

  • AhnLab V3 Endpoint Security
  • Avast Ultimate Business Security
  • Bitdefender Endpoint Security
  • Bitdefender Endpoint Security Ultra
  • Checkpoint Endpoint Security
  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security
  • Kaspersky Small Office Security
  • Microsoft Defender Antivirus (Enterprise)
  • Sangfor Endpoint Secure Protect
  • Seqrite Endpoint Security
  • Sophos Intercept X Advanced
  • Symantec Endpoint Security Complete
  • Trellix Endpoint Security
  • Trend Micro Apex One
  • VMware Carbon Black Cloud
  • With Secure Elements Endpoint Protection

Investigated single-user solutions

🔎 Test protection packages: 16 single-user solutions for Windows in the laboratory test (Image: AV-TEST).

For the single-user solutions tested, the test field is much more mixed. Many products complete the test with a score of 17 to a maximum of 18 points. However, there are some emigrants. One product only has 16 points and another at the bottom of the table only has a weak 11,5 points.

  • AhnLab V3 Internet Security
  • Avast Free Antivirus
  • AVG Internet Security
  • Avira Security for Windows
  • Bitdefender Internet Security
  • Bkav Pro Internet Security AI
  • F-Secure Total
  • K7 Computing Total Security
  • Kaspersky default
  • McAfee Total Protection
  • Microsoft Defender Antivirus (Consumer)
  • Microworld eScan Internet Security Suite
  • Norton Norton 360
  • PCMatic Application Allowlisting
  • Protected.net Total AV
  • Trend Micro Internet Security
More at AV-Test.org



AV-TEST GmbH is an independent provider of services in the field of IT security and anti-virus research with a focus on the identification and analysis of the latest malware and its use in comprehensive comparative tests. The fact that the test data is up-to-date enables the quick-response analysis of new malware, the early detection of virus trends, and the investigation and certification of IT security solutions. The results of the AV-TEST Institute represent an exclusive information base and serve manufacturers for product optimization, specialist magazines for the publication of results and end customers for orientation in product selection.

The company AV-TEST has been operating in Magdeburg since 2004 and employs more than 30 people with profound specialist and practical experience. The laboratories are equipped with 300 client and server systems in which more than 2.500 terabytes of self-determined test data of harmful and harmless information are stored and processed. Further information can be found at https://www.av-test.org.


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