Security tester Audio-video-Test has revealed the outcomes of their first Home windows 8.1 tests, ranking 25 anti-virus protection suites against one another to uncover that offer the very best protection, performance and usefulness.
Towards the top of the pile came BitDefender and Kaspersky, scoring perfectly in most three groups. Both security suites, which require payment, received 18 from 18. Avira Internet Security Software 2014 and F-Secure Internet Security Software were in hot pursuit, scoring 17.5 and 16 correspondingly.
Using Microsoft Home windows Defender 4.3 like a baseline to compare, Audio-video Test enabled all default security measures unless of course the safety software itself switched them off. Without any third-party anti-virus protection running, Home windows 8.1 Defender obtained 11 from 18.
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The 3 biggest free security suites, Panda Cloud Anti-virus Free edition, AVG Free Anti-virus 2014 and Avast Anti-virus 2014 obtained less than compensated software, as may be expected. Nevertheless, AVG Free tied using its compensated relative AVG Internet Security Software, both generating 15 from 18.
Possibly most oddly enough (or worryingly if you rely on them), Kingsoft Anti-virus and AhnLab Internet Security Software both obtained less than Home windows 8.1 with no extra software installed, with 10.5 from the 18 for that former along with a rock-bottom 9.5 from 18 for that latter.
Kingsoft lost all its points on performance, scoring , while AhnLab's software dropped points overall. The outcomes appear obvious: if you would like the very best all-round protection around the new edition of Home windows, your best choice would be to pay for this.
It is also good new for those who have light purses to determine the free options in the large security companies can continue to combine it with the very best compensated software, showing it's not necessary to bust the financial institution to forfeit anti-virus protection on your computer.