Kaspersky Internet Security Earns First Place in Six-Month Endurance Test
Woburn, MA – May 8, 2014 - Kaspersky Internet Security was rated as the best protection solution following an endurance test carried out from September 2013 to February 2014 by the independent laboratory, AV‑TEST. Kaspersky Lab’s product achieved top scores for its malware detection while also maintaining a lower system load than any other tested product.
AV-TEST’s endurance test is an extended study in which different internet security suites are analyzed over three two-month periods on three different operating systems — Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. This testing method helps to find the best solution by analyzing its effectiveness on a long-term basis, unlike traditional tests that can only demonstrate the capabilities of the protection at a given moment in time.
The experts evaluated 24 security suites from different vendors in three categories. The first category, protection, tested the combined ability to detect a reference set of malware and to identify new pieces of previously unknown malware. The second category, system load, demonstrated the impact of the security suite on system performance and measured delays in the installation or execution of programs, website responses and data downloads. The last category, usability, assessed the correct identification of legitimate programs and websites.
Kaspersky Internet Security received the best results over the six months of testing, scoring 17.8 out of a maximum possible total of 18 points. It earned 6.0 out of 6.0 points in usability and protection, detecting 100 percent of 60,000 known pieces of malware. Also, it identified all of about 400 samples of zero-day malware in a real-world test conducted by visiting recently infected websites and opening suspicious e-mail attachments. Furthermore, Kaspersky Internet Security earned 5.8 out of 6 in system load, beating its nearest rival by 0.3 points.
Kaspersky Lab’s products constantly show high results in AV-TEST’s endurance tests. In their previous similar long-term research conducted from January to June 2013, Kaspersky Internet Security achieved a creditable second place. Kaspersky Lab’s R&D experts constantly work on improving the products’ usability and optimizing the use of system resources, which helped Kaspersky Internet Security achieve the highest score in the most recent test.
Oleg Ishanov, Director Anti-Malware Research
“Users of modern security suites don’t want to be disturbed either by viruses or by antiviruses. The solution’s ability to avoid excessive drain on system resources and avoid false positives is just as important as its primary function of detecting and neutralizing malware. Kaspersky Internet Security’s impressive results in this test reflect the optimal comfort level our customers enjoy in addition to unquestionable security for their systems.”
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 more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, 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.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.
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