AV-Comparatives is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in Innsbruck, Austria. They do real-world testing of antivirus software. Their main goal is to systematically check to see if the leading security solutions for PC, Mac, and mobile devices are “living up” to advertised promises.
Trend Micro and almost every other major security vendor participates in the AV-Comparatives testing program. Recently, AV-Comparatives released their report showing the results of their Real-World Protection Test from August through November 2014.
We were proud to learn that Trend Micro was the sole leader with the top scoring security product for consumers versus 21 of our competitors. That means we can confidently say Trend Micro Internet Security is the number 1 security software in the world with a protection rate of 99.8 percent.
Trend Micro obtained AV-Comparatives Advanced+ rating. A few of our well-known competitors, McAfee, Sophos, and Microsoft scored significantly lower with protection rates of 96.1 percent, 94.3 percent, and 83.5 percent, respectively.
AV-Comparatives uses “one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing [and]…Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized.”
According to their website, AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test “is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection.”
AV-Comparatives states it works “closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide scientific testing methods.”
Below is a table from the report that show a summary of the testing results:
Note, the RWP test is designed to show protection capabilities across a few different layers which is needed in today’s threat landscape. Our solution utilizes web reputation, blacklists/whitelists, behavior monitoring, and browser exploit prevention, each of which supports these different layers.