The outlawed Kaspersky Lab antivirus proved to be the best in independent tests

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The independent AV-TEST laboratory presented the results of the last round of long-term antivirus software tests for Windows systems, conducted between January and June this year. Not only the effectiveness of protection, but also efficiency and reliability were taken into account. The results are quite significant – the best antivirus turned out to be the Kaspersky Lab Internet Security package, the same that is being actively fought in the United States by the FBI.

A test of 18 antivirus packages has once again shown that just having an antivirus does not mean a security guarantee. Only six packages provided complete protection against both already known pests and completely new malware samples. In addition to Kaspersky Lab Internet Security, Symantec Norton Security, Trend Micro Internet Security, Bitdefender Internet Security, F-Secure Safe and Avast Free Antivirus joined the group of the best.

Protection tests included the detection and neutralization of almost 34,000 known pests in six monthly reference tests, and 570 previously unknown malware samples, in six tests under real conditions of use.

The first place in the Kaspersky Lab package – obtaining a set of 18 points – results from its highest performance and the lowest load on the operating system during operation, as well as the ergonomics of the user interface. Only 17 Symantec, Trend Micro, Bitdefender and Avira managed to exceed the 17 points threshold.

Avast turned out to be the best free antivirus with 16.5 points: 6 for protection, 4.7 for performance and 5.7 for usability. The Comodo antivirus was the worst, with a result of barely 13.6 points, which fell completely in terms of performance (barely 3.2 points). Windows Defender turned out to be not much better – Microsoft’s built-in Windows 10 product is still far behind even free competition, not to mention commercial leaders.

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That is why experts from AV-TEST slightly maliciously state that the only reason for pride Windows Defender may be that it is better than the Comodo product … and only in terms of ergonomics and performance. With a result of 98.7% effective detection in real conditions of use (which translates into passing 7 samples of new malware from the tested collection), Windows Defender loses with the mentioned Comodo – because it achieved in terms of efficiency round 100%, blocking (sluggishly) all pests.

The success of Kaspersky Lab anti-virus comes in a difficult moment for a Russian company. The US federal administration has banned the acquisition of this company’s software from its organs, and now the FBI has been putting pressure on the private sector to force US companies to uninstall the great Russian anti-virus. The report presented by Cyberscoop shows that this particularly applies to manufacturing and energy companies using industrial control systems. Most likely, therefore, it is not only about the anti-virus package, but also about the secure operating system of Kaspersky OS, offered just for the needs of this type of applications by the Russian company.

All attempts at conciliation with which Kaspersky Lab came out to the US authorities were rejected – despite the fact that Evgeny Kasperski was ready to testify before Congress, and even offered to make the source code of his products available to American auditors. It can therefore be assumed that as a result of this political game, the Russians will completely lose the lucrative US market, no matter how good their products are.