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Good news for all users of Avast and AVG – last month the two products achieved the maximum score on one of the biggest real-world security tests out there.
The AV-Comparatives Real World test compares the most prominent and effective security software providers on the market, putting them through rigorous testing to find out how well equipped they are to deal with threats in real life.
The results are excellent news for Avast, showing that the decision to join forces with AVG last year was a wise one.
Alongside the highly successful response to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack (Avast managed to protect all of its devices from the outbreak), these results go even further to cementing Avast’s place at the top of the security leader board.
AV-Comparatives is the most comprehensive test of its kind out there, and they don’t give their candidates an easy ride.
The test is taken seriously, with AV-Comparatives ensuring that a wide range of threats and challenges is served up.
They use a test set of 398 real cases, consisting of things like malware, phishing, and hacking. These samples have been gathered through careful research, and may have come from emails, downloads, URLs, or somewhere else.
Then, the same malicious software is used to test the security programmes in a controlled environment. This way, it’s possible to get the most accurate and life-like results, closely simulating real-world situations.
In the test, Avast and AVG combined withstood 100% of the threats they were presented with. In the overall results, they were the only two security providers to achieve a perfect score.
Of course, Avast don’t claim to provide 100% protection to every single one of their customers. However, the results are a good indicator of reliability – and a strong suggestion that Avast is the best security software currently available.
What’s more, both Avast and AVG were found to have a very small effect on performance – which essentially means that they’ll provide first-rate protection without significantly slowing down your machine.
You can see a more detailed breakdown of the results here.
So, which software is best?
From the test results, it’s hard to say. Both blocked 100% of the threats and showed no false positives.
Our more in-depth article on the difference between the two products here covers the pros and cons of each, but the general consensus is that both are extremely strong security providers.
There are many factors to consider, but the best solution – if possible – seems to be to get both.