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have now released the results of their 2010 best anti-virus for Windows 7.  The tests put
each anti-virus package through a rigorous set of tests to determine not only
how good they are at detecting and removing malware and viruses, but also how
usable the software is…

During the 2nd quarter of 2010 we have tested 19 security products in the
areas protection, repair and usability. The “Protection” covers static and
dynamic malware detection, including real-world 0-Day attack testing. In case
of “Repair”, we check the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail.
The “Usability” testing includes the system slow-down caused by the tools and
the number of false positives. A product has to reach at least 12 points total
in order to receive a certification. 13 products have fulfilled our
requirements and received an AV-Test certificate.

The following, in order from best score to worst, are the packages that have
received certification, the top four also scored highest for anti-virus and
malware protection.

  1. AVG : Internet Security 9
  2. G Data : Internet Security 2010/2011
  3. Panda : Internet Security 2010
  4. Symantec : Norton Internet Security 2010
  5. F-Secure : Internet Security 2010
  6. Kaspersky : Internet Security 2010
  7. PC Tools : Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 7.0
  8. BitDefender : Internet Security Suite 2010
  9. Avira : Premium Security Suite 10.0
  10. Microsoft : Security Essentials 1.0
  11. Avast : Internet Security 5.0
  12. Eset : Smart Security 4.0
  13. Webroot : Internet Security Essentials 6.1

Old favourite McAfee failed to gain certification this year.

My personal recommendations are, as always, AVG and Microsoft Security
Essentials.  Partly because they’re both free (AVG also has paid-for
options). but also because they’re simple to set-up and easy to use. 
Neither impact on your system resources very much either.

I will always recommend that you make sure you have anti-virus and
anti-malware software installed and that you keep it up to date.

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