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AV-Test releases first Windows 8 anti-virus comparisons

The German-based security firm AV-Test has been offering their independent testing results of various anti-virus solutions PC solutions for some time. This week, for the first time, AV-Test released a study of consumer and business-based anti-virus solutions made specifically to be run on Windows 8.

The consumer tests covered a whopping 26 software solutions, which were examined between January and February 2013. Each product is rated based on their performance, reliability and protection. Each category can get a score from zero to six, six being highest, with a total highest score of 18. AV-Test considers a total score of 10 enough to be certified by the firm.

In this case, Microsoft's own Windows Defender 4.0 is considered to be the baseline for the test. It managed to get certified by AV-Test with a score of 11.5. Bitdefender was rated highest among Windows 8 anti-virus solutions with a score of 17, followed by BullGuard with 16.5 and Kaspersky Lab with 16. Two anti-virus products, AhnLab and Comodo, got scores of 10 each, both below the baseline but still just enough to get certification from AV-Test.

As far as business solutions, eight software products were studied by AV-Test for Windows 8. Microsoft's System Center Endpoint Protection, which got a 12.5 score, was the baseline, but the top corporate anti-virus software products for Windows 8 was a tie between Fortinet and Symantec with scores of 16.5 each.

Source: AV-Test | Image via AV-Test

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