December 20, 2013

Kaspersky Internet Security on Top in ‘Real-World’ Protection Test

Kaspersky Internet Security on Top in ‘Real-World’ Protection Test

Woburn, MA – December 20, 2013-Kaspersky Lab’s flagship security solution for home users, Kaspersky Internet Security 2014, blocked the highest percentage of malware and earned the highest Advance+ rating in the Whole Product Dynamic “Real-World” Protection Test conducted by AV-Comparatives. The independent research lab analyzed how effectively popular security products protect against real-world threats faced by home users from August to November 2013.

The testing procedure allowed security solutions to use any techniques to prevent malware from infecting the test computer– from blocking malicious links clicked by the user to detecting and removing malware already present on the device. However, security solutions had to operate with minimal input from PC users. This is because users are not always sure what to do with suspicious programs detected by security solutions.

AV-Comparatives tested a total of 22 security solutions from different vendors. Each product was subjected to 1,821 test cases. Kaspersky Internet Security successfully blocked 1,820 threats, and prevented the system from being infected in all cases, only prompting the user to make a decision in one instance. Over the four-month analysis, the Kaspersky Lab solution demonstrated 99.9 percent effectiveness – the best result among all products tested.

Several hundred legitimate sites and apps were also used during testing to check whether the products generated false positives. If the security solutions blocked one of these sites or files from opening, they received a penalty. Kaspersky Internet Security was one of just five products that did not generate a single false positive.   

Testing was carried out on a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 with all the updates that were available as of August 2013. The latest versions of popular applications such as Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple QuickTime, Mozilla Firefox, and Oracle Java were also installed on the test computers.

The test was conducted by AV-Comparatives in conjunction with specialists from the University of Innsbruck. More information about the Whole Product Dynamic “Real-World” Protection Test is available on the test lab’s site.

Oleg Ishanov, Director Anti-Malware Research
Kaspersky Lab
“For ordinary users it’s not that important at exactly which stage a security solution manages to block malware – the main thing is that it prevents their computers from being infected. Because the testing by AV-Comparatives assesses a product’s combined capabilities, the results present home users with a much more practical evaluation than other tests that only assess individual security components.”

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

* 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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