Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows a clear winner in the latest AV-Test evaluation
29 Nov 2012
Comparative Tests, Product news
Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows came out on top in independent testing of business solutions conducted by AV-Test throughout September and October 2012.
- 8 corporate solutions from industry-leading vendors took part in the testing.
- Three categories of tests evaluated the products’ protection parameters, their ability to repair an infected system and their overall usability.
- The results placed Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows first, well ahead of the rest of the field.
How the tests were performed
The in-depth analysis by AV-Test consists of three test categories:
- Protection against malware infections (Protection);
- Cleaning and repair of an infected system (Repair);
- Product impact on the usability of a computer (Usability).
The first category of tests saw the security solutions installed on a clean system running Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1. The AV-Test experts then emulated attacks on the computer by opening malicious attachments, visiting infected sites or copying malicious files from removable devices. The products were expected to detect and block all threats.
The second group of tests was conducted on operating systems infected with 40 different malicious objects. Each participating product had to remove all active malware components and remediate any modifications to the system.
The concluding round of tests assessed how the solutions affected system performance. In these tests AV-Test also checked for false positives when installing legitimate software.
Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows scored an impressive 16.5 points out of a possible 18 for all three categories and was the clear winner among the corporate security solutions for workstations. The product detected all the widespread threats in the AV-Test collection. 92% of the very latest complex malicious samples were neutralized in September’s tests, with the figure rising to 100% for testing conducted in October. Kaspersky Lab’s corporate solution detected all the malware on the infected system and removed the vast majority of malicious objects, earning top marks for the second group of tests.
In addition, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 did not generate any critical false warnings when scanning Windows and Office applications that were downloaded and installed by the AV-Test experts. During a full system scan of more than 650,000 popular programs and sites the product made just one slip which the experts described as the least critical.
The impressive performance by the Kaspersky Lab solution meant it successfully passed AV-Test certification and scored considerably higher than the other solutions.
Oleg Ishanov, Head of Anti-Malware Research, Kaspersky Lab
“The experts at AV-Test don’t just focus on the protection capabilities of the product but also look at other important factors such as the ability to repair a system. That’s why we attach great importance to the results from AV-Test. We’re also pleased to see that no matter how tough the tasks set by independent experts, our corporate solution continues to achieve excellent results.”