New test results highlight Windows security struggles

Today might be Friday, September 14, but to PC security companies, it probably feels like Friday the 13th. AV-Test.org’s latest regularly-published results on home security suites are out, and the vast majority of the best performing suites slipped a full point or more.

You can read the report at AV-Test’s site.

AV-Test looks at three categories in its tests, and scores them out of six points each. Protection gauges how well a suite blocks threats, Repair evaluates how well a suite removes malware, and Usability includes testing for false positives. Eleven points are required to receive AV-Test.org certification.

It also regularly changes the Windows system that it tests on. The previous test was on Windows 7. This test was conducted on a 32-bit Windows XP computer running Service Pack 3, and run during July and August 2012.

The attrition wasn’t pretty.

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