Antivirus performance comparison
All computer users should consider installing an antivirus program from a third party. These tools will help you identify and remove malware from a PC, and they can also block malicious sites that attempt to steal or corrupt data. However, these tools can significantly reduce a computer’s speed and performance when running scans or updating their database of affected files. This article examines the performance of different antivirus software in tests to measure how much they slow down the speed and performance of a computer in comparison to other similar programs.
The independent AV Comparatives lab performs many different tests to test security software products. Its tests focus on security in real-world situations, detection of infected files (classical testing) as well as performance and other functions. The AV-Comparatives award Gold, Bronze, and Silver awards according to the outcomes of each test type.
This test was inspired by a real-world customer scenario. Many customers run PowerShell scripts that could take hours or days to complete. These complex scripts run on high-performance hardware, therefore we wanted to determine how the antivirus scanner affected this. We also wanted to know how the tools used resources on each machine.
Avira Prime did well in AV Comparatives tests. It offered 99percent protection against mac malware, PUAs, and Windows Malware. However it requires a monthly subscription for full functionality, and its marketing messages can be very annoying.