Independent Testing by AV-Test Suggests Windows 8 Security Needs Extra Help
Woburn, MA –January 24, 2013
– Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of security and threat management
solutions, today announced the results of a comparative review of Kaspersky Internet
Security 2013 and Windows 8’s built-in
security components. Conducted in
December 2012 by independent antivirus research laboratory AV-Test, Kaspersky Lab’s home security product
provided perfect results, blocking all URL and email attacks in the Real World
testing scenario and detecting 99% of the malware samples. The results for
Microsoft’s built-in solution were much lower: 11,9% of attacks were missed (5
attacks out of 42) in the Real World testing and only 90% of the malicious
samples were detected during an on-demand scan.
In December 2012
AV-Test laboratory experts organized a comparative review of Kaspersky Internet
Security 2013 and Windows 8’s built-in security components
Four individual tests were performed: a real-world
protection test, two static detection tests and a static false positive test
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 blocked all URL and email
attacks, detected 99% of malware samples and didn’t return
a single false positive
Windows 8 security components failed to block 11.9% of
attacks and managed to detect only 90% of malware samples. Like Kaspersky
Internet Security, the Microsoft solution also returned no false positives
Test Results Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 produced
perfect results, blocking all 42 attacks, while Microsoft failed to block five
attacks. Also, in the first static detection test the Kaspersky Lab product
detected 99% of the samples, while Microsoft only managed to detect 90%.
Neither product had any problems with the static tests for prevalent malware or
false positives. Both of them detected all 2,500 prevalent malware samples and
neither generated a single false positive detection when scanning the set of
clean files. This
proves that even products with very high detection and protection rates can
operate without generating false positives.
The significant difference in the results for
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Windows 8 security components indicates
that Windows Defender and related Microsoft security features only offer
baseline protection. With 200,000 new malware samples appearing every day,
users require a renowned home security solution that provides far better
protection – Kaspersky Internet Security 2013.
How the Tests Were Performed To
perform the test runs, the AV-Test experts prepared a clean Windows 8 Pro image
that was used on several identical PCs. The test systems
were restored to a clean state before being exposed to each malware sample. Either the Kaspersky
Lab security software or Windows Defender
4 solution was installed on
these computers. Both products were run with their default, out-of-the-box
configuration. The products had Internet access so they could use the cloud as
part of their protection strategy, but malware could also use the cloud/Internet connection to
reach other sites in order to download further files and infect the system. In
this case care is taken to ensure that cloud access is available to the malware
sample in a safe way, so that the test systems run no risk of infection.
individual tests were included in the AV-Test review:
A real-world protection test of malicious URLs and
emails with 42 samples
First static detection test of 111,487 of the latest
Second static detection test of 2,500 of the most
A static false positive test with 345,900 clean
In the case of the dynamic
real-world test, URLs were accessed and the downloaded samples were executed.
Any detection by the security software was noted. Additionally, the subsequent
state of the system was compared with the original pre-test state in order to
determine whether the attack was successfully blocked or not. In the static
detection test, the products had to scan two sets of files in default settings.
Detections were noted to determine the detection result.
Shvetsov, Vice-President, Threat Research Kaspersky Lab “It’s obvious that the addition of
extra antivirus tools in Windows 8 is a positive step towards enhancing the
protection of this operating system. However, the recent AV-Test research shows
that this alone is not enough to safeguard users against new, unknown malware
which poses the greatest threat to contemporary computing. Truly high-level
security is provided by Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, which is completely
compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.”
About Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky
Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection
solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security
solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has
remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security
solutions for consumers, SMBs and Enterprises. The company currently operates
in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection
for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue
by Vendor, 2010. The rating was published in the IDC report Worldwide IT
Security Products 2011-2015 Forecast and 2010 Vendor Shares – December 2011.
The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint
security solutions in 2010.
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