And from the custom scan menu you can scan memory, boot sectors, or any local or network drive. Still, having current tests from three out of four labs is quite good. I counted these as successful detections. For each product that received scores from at least two labs, my scoring algorithm maps all the results onto a 10-point scale and generates an aggregate lab score. To test the mettle of this component, I hit the test system with 30 exploits generated by the penetration tool.
If a non-browser program attempted to access such a site, you'd just see that popup, and indeed, I ran into that situation in testing. Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus aced our hands-on malware protection test, and it's the tiniest antivirus around. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus and Kaspersky Anti-Virus consistently earn top scores from the independent testing labs. I tested with the same set of samples and found that its behavior didn't track with that of the Windows-based product. As with G Data and others, using this system is a game of rules and exceptions. It offers numerous features beyond the basics of deleting malware and preventing new attacks. It earned a lower score overall.
However, others have done even better. Or you could ban removable drives but permit specific authorized ones. That's a better score than many, though not at the top. It's possible to if you're alert, but having help from your antivirus means you're protected even before you've had your coffee. Your tech-savvy niece or remote-control tech support agent will find it extremely helpful. Bringing up the Running Processes list shows you every process that's running, with a lot more information than you'd get just by looking at Task Manager. Clearly the antivirus applies a tougher standard to programs that are about to launch; it prevented quite a few samples from launching at all.
There's a whole page of tools to enhance your security experience. However, it only eliminated 31 percent of them at this point. A product that passes any test receives Standard certification, while those that go beyond the minimum passing score can take Advanced or Advanced+ certification. If you run into any kind of system problem, comparing the current status with a no-problem baseline should give you a clue as to the cause. And as with Norton, you don't have to page through all those options to find the one you want; you can just start typing in the search box. He was present at the formation of the Association of Shareware Professionals, and served on its board of directors. So-So Phishing Protection Writing code to evade antivirus tools and steal people's passwords is tough.
Avira, Bitdefender, and are the only products to both pass the banking test and receive Level 1 certification in the general malware test. Phishing websites imitate secure sites of all kinds, from online banking systems to dating sites. Out of the box, this feature is disabled; to enable it you must reboot the system. G Data came close, with 97 percent detection and 9. Continuing the test, I launched the remaining samples. The netizen who logs in to one of these frauds has just given away access to the real account. Tested by all four labs, Avira scored 9.
Knowing the action is logged should make the user think twice, and possibly cancel. To launch a scan or an update, you can use either the left-side menu or a pair of large blue panels near the bottom of the window. In a super-techie household, you might set different access levels for different user accounts, with full access for you but limited access for others. Your utility must clear out any malware infestations and fend off further attacks; that's the baseline. If there's a configuration problem, the green security banner goes red.
Like Webroot's similar feature, it aims to correct and restore system settings that malware may have modified. I assume it works; I have no way to trigger its protection for testing purposes. Some are useful to all; others require a technical mindset. This lab's broad malware protection test offers Level 1 certification to products that completely prevent all attacks, and Level 2 certification if the product misses some initially but eliminates them within 24 hours. Fooling people into just giving you those passwords can be much easier.
For example, some ransomware replaces your desktop wallpaper with a ransom note, even before attempting encryption behaviors that might trigger an antivirus reaction. Even when results are available, I still run my hands-on testing, so I can see the product's defenses in action. That's not uncommon, but in recent tests McAfee and Webroot performed precisely the same on the two platforms. A second scan finished in just seven minutes. Most users should leave this feature turned off. It does well in our testing, though some of its bonus features may be too complex for the average user. Bitdefender one-ups the bunch, though.