April antivirus tests in Windows 10

AV-Test has published results from tests of antivirus programs for individual users. In April 2017, the highest distinction - "Top Product" - was won by Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Symantec and Trend Micro.

For people who do not follow the tests on a regular basis, we must remind you that with the beginning of 2016 AV-Test slightly changed the methodology for the first time since 2013. The changes concern the special "AV-Test TOP-PRODUCT" certificate and the hardware platform for performance tests. Now, if the anti-virus will get at least 17.5 points out of 18 in six tests (6 for protection, 6 for performance and 6 for usability), then the following grant will be awarded.

Before 2013, the program needed to get at least 15 points to get a certificate confirming its effectiveness. During this period, every producer of antivirus software was required to work harder for detection, performance and usability. Currently, to get a certificate, it's enough to get 10 points. In addition, the anti-virus, which will achieve the same end result, but its protection will be much weaker than the programs of other providers, the "validity / prestige" of the certificate will have the same meaning after all. We can see it exactly after the results of the programs, which have not achieved particularly good results, but the certificate is still being awarded.


AV-Test TOP PRODUCT certificate

The new "AV-Test TOP-PRODUCT" award is a return to the roots and to the times when only the best programs got confirmation of their effectiveness.

Programs that have achieved the highest AV-Test TOP-PRODUCT distinction:

Name Protection Utility Efficiency points
Avira Antivirus Pro 6/6 6/6 6/6 18/18
Bitdefender Internet Security 21 6/6 6/6 5.5 / 6 17.5 / 18
Kaspersky Internet Security 17 6/6 6/6 6/6 18/18
Symantec Norton Security 6/6 6/6 5.5 / 6 17.5 / 18
Trend Micro Internet Security 11 & 11.1 5.5 / 6 6/6 5.5 / 6 17.5 / 18


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