This test aims to compare the effectiveness of the most recent releases of popular anti-virus software. The products include those from Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Norton (Symantec) and Trend Micro. The tests were conducted between 16/06/2010 and 29/06/2010 using the software versions available on any given day.
A total of seven products (see below) were exposed to genuine internet threats that real customers could have encountered during the test period. Crucially, this exposure was carried out in a realistic way, reflecting a customer's experience as closely as possible.
For example, each test system visited real, infected websites that significant numbers of internet users were encountering at the time of the test. These results reflect what would have happened if those users were using one of the seven products tested.
Products are awarded marks for detecting real threats and providing adequate protection. Points are deducted for failing to protect the system.