How Virus Hunters Catch The Bad Guys (Part 1)

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Using similar techniques to traditional police investigation, the APL is responsible for detecting malicious attacks and arresting the spread of malware. In a cyber environment, live bait becomes honeypots—fake targets made to attract cyber criminals. Big data analysis replaces interrogations as millions of data points are analyzed and visually represented to determine behavioral patterns. Forensic analysis is just as clinical: viruses are carefully dissected in post mortem analyses.

The end result? An average of 130,000 malicious files and more than 20,000 infected websites are detected and tracked every single day. Several million connections per minute to our servers are made to push real-time counter-measures to our users’ computers and mobile devices.

Ever wondered how viruses are identified as soon as they are created?

This article is Part 1 in a series, which explores the world of virus hunting. In Part 1, we look at how Avira’s virus hunters gather clues about how malware operate. Parts 2 and 3 will explore how the Protection Lab analyzes that information and formulate counter-measures to malware, which are being developed in real-time.

Where Hackers Hang Out

The Avira Protection Lab gathers information about malware – and about the hackers who create them – by infiltrating hacker chat rooms, monitoring poisoned websites, and collecting forensic samples of malicious code to reverse engineer them. How we infiltrate chat rooms is our well-guarded secret, but the primary method of collecting code samples to reverse engineer is well known: ‘honeypots.’

Honeypots, Honeynets & Honeyfarms

Honeypots are regular computers, unprotected and connected to the Internet. Hackers regularly scan IP addresses across the Internet looking for vulnerable computers like these, and they have automated tools to penetrate these machines and look around for banking documents, passwords, address books, or any other information that could be sold to spammers and other hackers en masse. Often they leave a keylogger (records keyword strokes) and back doors (remote access) so they can continue to harvest new passwords and credit card data, and turn the computer into a botnet or spam relay.

Avira’s virus hunters monitor these hacker intrusions and learn as much as they can about criminals’ tools and intentions. To increase the likelihood of being discovered and hacked, they set up rows of these honeypots on virtual partitions (called ‘virtual machines’). To avoid the liability of the infected honeypots being used to harm others — what is known as ‘downstream liability’ — the honeypots are usually set up in a honeynet behind a firewall that allows all Internet traffic to come in, but none to go back out. The whole operation is called a honeyfarm.

Of course, hackers monitor the forwarding of log files, keystroke captures, and outbound traffic. So Avira has developed a number of ways to mimic such activity so that they can gather as much information as possible from the honeypot without the hackers detecting fake activity.

Social Engineering

Social engineering is the Achilles Heel of Antivirus security: we can stop malware code from executing on your machine, but we can’t stop you from clicking on something you shouldn’t. Nigerian banking scams, Ransomware (like Cryptolocker and CryptoDefense), Spear-phishing and other successful scams all rely on of social engineering in combination with malware technology.

Social engineering is the art of convincing a computer user to willingly divulge passwords, social security numbers, and other personal identity information that can be harvested and sold to others, or held as ransom for immediate payment. Social engineering can also be used to convince users to download fake anti-virus software (which does exactly the opposite of protecting you) or to visit fake banking websites where you unwittingly enter your account numbers and passwords.

While Avira’s virus hunters can’t prevent you from spilling important information to someone pretending to be a Microsoft Tech Support engineer, we can help you identify patterns in social hacks and more easily recognize scams.

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll explain how Avira’s engineers tackle the enormous daily volume of malware samples using big data analysis to automatically develop counter-measures.

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Raise the fun potential with Avira Game Booster

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Gaming is fun, but the cost can be substantial. Thanks to the ever rising hardware requirements of new games and the emergence of new technologies like VR (virtual reality) a new PC is needed every couple of years. While a new machine is a great thing, it’s also a significant expenditure. Instead of just plunking down the money why not squeeze better performance out of your existing machine and give yourself more time to save for that next generation gaming beast?

Since its emergence in the 1950s as a fringe phenomenon, gaming has gone mainstream. From Atari ST or Commodore 64 back in the beginning to retro consoles such as the Nintendo Famicom and finally the PC with its ever evolving hardware:  The majority of households nowadays include at least one gamer. Statistics range from those saying  60% of U.S. households have at least one person regularly playing video games to others stating that 42% of Americans are gamers. Either way, it’s a big business – and a huge conflict between a gamer wanting the ultimate machine and those other family budgetary priorities.

Introducing: Avira Game Booster

Avira Game Booster is there to solve this conflict. With just a single press of a button, users can get a better gaming experience out of their machine. By closing background applications and unnecessary services as well as optimizing network settings, Game Booster ensures a smooth gaming experience.

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How Game Booster works its magic

Game Booster is part of the acclaimed Avira System Speedup. Once a user has decided on their choice of game, performance is a couple clicks away. The user simply starts Game Booster via the control panel, adds the chosen game, and then clicks “Boost and Play”. The selected game will remain in Game Booster’s list for the user’s convenience.

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Game Booster starts working its magic as soon as the game has been started. This includes closing unneeded background applications and services (for example, Microsoft Office and other business apps) to free up valuable processing power and RAM. Apps can also be whitelisted to stay open.

Go the extra mile with Ultra Boost

To further improve loading times, users can choose Ultra Boost. This paid feature creates a virtual drive in the RAM to create an extra performance boost. Once the game is closed the PC will be restored to its previous state, restoring closed programs and removing the virtual drive.

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Play games like they are meant to be played

Battlefield 1 lag, GTA 5 stuttering, and The Witcher 3 FPS drops might just be solved by the extra power one can achieve with Game Booster. So why not use the boost and make sure even the most performance hungry games will start up faster and run smoother?

 

The ultimate gaming experience is just one click away – get it now! Avira Game Booster is available as part of Avira System Speedup and both the free and premium version can be downloaded from the Avira website.

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Raise the fun potential with Avira Game Booster

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Gaming is fun, but the cost can be substantial. Thanks to the ever rising hardware requirements of new games and the emergence of new technologies like VR (virtual reality) a new PC is needed every couple of years. While a new machine is a great thing, it’s also a significant expenditure. Instead of just plunking down the money why not squeeze better performance out of your existing machine and give yourself more time to save for that next generation gaming beast?

Since its emergence in the 1950s as a fringe phenomenon, gaming has gone mainstream. From Atari ST or Commodore 64 back in the beginning to retro consoles such as the Nintendo Famicom and finally the PC with its ever evolving hardware:  The majority of households nowadays include at least one gamer. Statistics range from those saying  60% of U.S. households have at least one person regularly playing video games to others stating that 42% of Americans are gamers. Either way, it’s a big business – and a huge conflict between a gamer wanting the ultimate machine and those other family budgetary priorities.

Introducing: Avira Game Booster

Avira Game Booster is there to solve this conflict. With just a single press of a button, users can get a better gaming experience out of their machine. By closing background applications and unnecessary services as well as optimizing network settings, Game Booster ensures a smooth gaming experience.

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How Game Booster works its magic

Game Booster is part of the acclaimed Avira System Speedup. Once a user has decided on their choice of game, performance is a couple clicks away. The user simply starts Game Booster via the control panel, adds the chosen game, and then clicks “Boost and Play”. The selected game will remain in Game Booster’s list for the user’s convenience.

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Game Booster starts working its magic as soon as the game has been started. This includes closing unneeded background applications and services (for example, Microsoft Office and other business apps) to free up valuable processing power and RAM. Apps can also be whitelisted to stay open.

Go the extra mile with Ultra Boost

To further improve loading times, users can choose Ultra Boost. This paid feature creates a virtual drive in the RAM to create an extra performance boost. Once the game is closed the PC will be restored to its previous state, restoring closed programs and removing the virtual drive.

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Play games like they are meant to be played

Battlefield 1 lag, GTA 5 stuttering, and The Witcher 3 FPS drops might just be solved by the extra power one can achieve with Game Booster. So why not use the boost and make sure even the most performance hungry games will start up faster and run smoother?

 

The ultimate gaming experience is just one click away – get it now! Avira Game Booster is available as part of Avira System Speedup and both the free and premium version can be downloaded from the Avira website.

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Avira Beta Center goes Public Beta

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Our Beta Center is going to start the next phase of our overall Avira beta testing process – with a Public Beta. This means that additionally to our awesome Avira Beta Center community members we also will provide access in form of a Public Beta to everyone who’s interested in our latest inventions. Until now we have tested our products in a Closed Beta environment only but we are ready to move forward, offering our Beta products to a broader audience. Already interested?

Public Beta? What is that?

A Public Beta is an Open Beta test where everyone is able to participate. In this program you not only can use our latest cutting-edge technology for free but you also can take part in the development process shaping our future Avira releases. Please keep in mind that Public Beta versions still don’t represent the final product so issues might appear.

What is in for me?

Besides the fact that you will receive the latest Avira technology for use and testing — for free! — the testing of Public Beta products is completely on a voluntary basis. With your participation and by submitting feedback you can directly influence the development of our products.

How do I join?

If you are already a member of our Beta Community you don’t have to register again. If you are new to this you only have to enter your email address here. The signup is completely free and quite simple. As soon as we start a Public Beta test you will be notified via email.

What do you expect from me?

We expect you to use the Public Beta version as usual and monitor any odd behavior or issues that might occur. We might send out surveys on a regular basis to collect your impressions, opinions, and feedback. Thus we expect you to spare a bit of your precious free time to fill out the surveys you will receive.

What is the difference between this and your regular Beta?

Our regular Beta tests are closed Beta tests. This means that the participants are chosen by their technical skills, their system, testing environment, on their interest in different product categories, and their demography. The whole community and the tested products are private and not publicly visible. In a Closed Beta test the participants are in direct contact with our beta team and our developers.

Mostly, in Closed Beta tests the versions are not as stable as for the Public Beta thus the tests should be executed in testing environments only or at least have a fresh backup.


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How exactly do I make the product better?

By participating in our Public Beta tests you already give us some insights on how our products perform in the public. By using it every day, we can get real impressions on how our products work in the real world.

I signed up. Where do I go from here?

After your sign-up to our Public Beta program and as soon as we’re going to launch the next Public Beta test we will get in touch with you via email. All further instructions will be available in that email. Sign up now for the Public Beta community!

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Avira achieves the Certified Seal following the August 2017 AV-Test evaluation

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Avira Antivirus Pro has achieved great scores in the latest Real World and Prevalence Malware Tests from AV-Test for July and August

The test, run by the independent testing organization, utilizes a battery of 12,000 widely spread, prevalent threats and real world testing scenarios against antivirus applications to see if the AV is able to detect and block these threats completely without triggering a false positive.

We achieved the 6 out of 6 points, the best possible score in Real World protection, both for July and August. — Alexander Vukcevic, Head of the Avira Virus Labs.

The Protection module in the Real World and Prevalence Malware Test forces AVs to take a proactive position. Testers install the latest version of the AV, use the default settings, and then start throwing threats at the machine to see how well the AV reacts to each scenario.

The first part of the test, Real-World Threats, focuses on active online hazards – the computer gets malicious website URLs and receives infected emails to see whether the AV is able to ward off attacks. AV-Test uses its own “Sunshine” program to analyze all computer actions during this time to determine whether the attack was partially or completely blocked.

The second part, the Prevalence Malware Test, takes a bigger bucket of malware collected during the four weeks prior to the start of the test, pours it on the machine and evaluates it afterwards to see if any malware remnants have been left behind.

In addition to the Protection module, Avira had solid results in the Performance and Usability modules, scoring 5.5 out of the total 6 points available for each. The Performance test measures the lag in opening files and applications once an AV has been installed compared with the base time of a native installed operating system, while the Usability test looks at the frequency of false positives.

In total, Avira received 17 out of 18 possible points from AV-Test and honors again its heritage of winning Certified Seals.

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Avira Antivirus 2018: Remastered and redesigned for today’s digital world

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Avira Antivirus 2018 is here, combining next-generation AI, a new interface, and cross-platform availability to give you even greater — and easier — security. Avira Antivirus makes it simple to be protected online – regardless of your device or your operating system.

Stepping out into a dangerous world

It’s a dynamic world of growing threats and changing devices. In just the first three months of 2017, Avira detected nearly 1.4 billion threats (1.397.672.601) to its users’ devices. The online world is on track to reach the usual six-month threat levels; Trojan malware threats more than doubling, ransomware growing by over 20 percent, and even more closely targeted phishing attacks. In addition to traditional malware, corrupted advertising networks are distributing increasing numbers of intrusive and malicious ads.

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Threats vary by country as cybercriminals fine-tune their campaigns to most effectively exploit local conditions and user habits. In the USA, Vonteera adware, which changes browser settings and shuts down security software, was the most frequently blocked threat.

As threats increase, so does the size of the average household’s device portfolio. A growing portfolio of devices – running operating systems ranging from Android, iOS, to Microsoft’s Windows – are online, pushing their owners to either learn a new security regime for each device or risk getting hit by cybercriminals pushing their wares.

Next-gen AI for a carefree experience

Avira Antivirus 2018 is no newcomer to the security space. It’s backed by over 30 years of malware-stopping experience, coupled with nearly a decade of applied AI and machine-learning security expertise. These three decades of data on malware, combined with the latest AI technologies, give Avira Antivirus 2018 an enormous advantage in quickly recognizing patterns and anomalies within suspect files and the ability to continuously fine-tune its detection for future threats.

We’ve been using AI to sort and sift suspicious files long before it became a buzzword. Avira Antivirus 2018 is our third generation of merging AI’s machine learning capabilities with cloud analysis. — Travis Witteveen, CEO at Avira.

Avira Antivirus 2018 malware detection and stopping capabilities are driven by NightVision, Avira’s own cloud-based AI-technology platform. NightVision taps data from millions of sensors and uses machine learning techniques to analyze suspect files by more than 8,000 different dimensions. Avira also stays a step ahead of the cybercriminals by doing much of its detection and analysis in the cloud, keeping techniques secure behind closed doors.

Avira Antivirus 2018: Intuitive security at your fingertips

Avira Antivirus 2018 brings you a more attractive and intuitive design. The numbers of required steps and display panels have been reduced; making it easier for you to be fully secured.

Our goal was to simply make being secure online more intuitive, regardless of the device or the tech background of the user. — Andreas Flach, COO at Avira.

In addition, the system for tracking ongoing security operations has been simplified and the process for you to set up a custom or scheduled scan of your devices unified.

Crossing barriers and operating systems

Avira Antivirus 2018 is for more than just Windows PCs, it is also available for Mac and Android-powered devices, taking AI-driven security experience and applying it across the major OS platforms to cover your security and privacy needs.

It’s more than simply visual. It’s a synchronization of our AI and cloud-based security strategy together with the coordination of UIs across the various operating systems. Users will have the same great Avira experience regardless of the specific device that they have at their fingertips. — Andreas Flach, COO at Avira.

Professional to the core

The Pro variant of Avira Antivirus 2018 has it covered: Next-generation AI with a dependable history of spotting new and developing threats, a new user interface that makes security simple, and unlimited access to Avira’s award-winning customer service where technical support can be reached via email and a toll-free phone number. In addition, Avira Antivirus Pro comes with a cross-platform license – where one license secures up to five devices, including Android smartphones, Macs, and, of course, Window’s PCs.

 

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Beta Test: New user interface for Antivirus (Windows)

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We are currently developing a new User Interface for the Avira Antivirus for Windows and we are thrilled to show it to you! It has a modern, fresh look which fits the overall Avira design. This easy to use interface simplifies and reduces the number of interactions you have to make to achieve to most common tasks. We’ve also made sure that all the relevant information are presented in an easy to understand fashion.

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We’ve focused on three major areas:

  • The information architecture has been redesigned so that the various features in Antivirus are distributed in a more logical way.
  • The minimalist design ensures the cognitive load of the user is reduced, so the UI is much more user-friendly.
  • The switch to modern front-end technologies ensures greater compatibility with various platforms and also creates a foundation for a faster iteration cycle.

While it’s not 100% final yet, since it’s built on that new front-end technology, we can add features more easily.

What’s the beta test for the new user interface going to look like?

After you’ve applied to the test we will look through all applications and select a limited number of participants. There is an open text field allowing to you to point out why you are the perfect tester. Be creative but also stay honest.

Once you’ve made it through the application and got accepted we will focus on a specific area of the new user interface each week, collecting your feedback through surveys. Additionally, you have the opportunity to submit bug reports and contribute to ongoing discussions. We would be happy to hear what you have to say about our new user interface.

During this test, you will be provided with a Pro license key to test all modules of Avira Antivirus Pro. The test is scheduled to start in the week of the 14th of August.

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Avira Mobile Security for iOS: Powerful protection against phishing attacks and identity theft

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We have released a new version of Avira Mobile Security for iOS. The free of cost security app for iPhone users comes with enhanced capacities to block out phishing sites and keep your identity secure.

How secure are you and your iPhone?

While iPhones are fairly secure against traditional malware, their owners are still very much at risk from phishing websites. These websites may look like a legitimate banking or shopping site, but they are used by cybercriminals to steal your private information such as email addresses, passwords, and banking card details.

Phishing websites on the rise

The number of phishing websites is on the upswing. In the first six months of 2017, Avira has found a 34% increase in the number of blocked phishing URLs and websites. These suspicious URLs were spotted and confirmed by Avira URL Cloud, a cloud-based system for identifying and blocking phishing URLs.

Phishing sites are an increasing threat for users – regardless of the operating system that their device runs on. Even though the iOS system may not yet be so vulnerable to malware, its users are still susceptible to clicking on phishing sites that look legitimate. — Alexander Vukcevic, Director Avira Virus Labs

The newest version of Avira Mobile Security for iOS was designed to tackle these phishing threats head-on – and much more – as it secures your entire digital life. Highlights to Avira Mobile Security for iOS include:

  • Web Protection: What’s that site really all about? Quickly check if a website is a phishing site. Powered by the Avira URL cloud, Web Protection works together with the browser to keep you safe from online scams.
  • Activity Report – Provides you a transparent view of the security-enhancing activities on your iPhone such as scanned URLs, contacts and email addresses.
  • Enhance your privacy – The app can be used standalone or as part of a complete suite to protect your digital life, as it enables you to add more security and privacy tools like Avira Phantom VPN, Avira Password Manager, or Avira QR Code Scanner directly from Avira Connect.

With the newest Avira Mobile Security for iOS, we’ve focused on reducing the risks from ‘human factor’ mistakes. You can now surf freely – easier than ever – with the help of Avira Web Protection and enjoy a new, clean design and enhanced user experience at the same time. — Corneliu Balaban, Manager of Mobile Development at Avira

Ready for you

Tough on threats to your security yet light on system performance, Avira Mobile Security for iOS can be downloaded free of cost from Avira.com and at the Apple store. The app is for all iPhones running on iOS 10 or newer.

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Avira Antivirus Security – fresh interface and friendly features

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The new UI divides this spectrum into three basic categories – AntivirusSecurity, and More – with each category having its own tab. You can gamify your security, with the app giving a numerical score to individual protection features and best-security practices.

Antivirus is the start

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The Antivirus features are on the look for malicious code that can damage your device and siphon out your private data:

  • Automatically scans apps and their updates for hidden malware
  • Scans external storage units such as SD memory cards for malware.
  • Rates each app on a privacy scale according to how much of your sensitive data it collects.

Secure Browsing (Pro only) warns you if a visited URL is malicious or is a phishing site. This feature is powered by the cloud-based Avira Protection Cloud. It works together with the default browser on your device, in addition to Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera.

Security sized for you

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The security features in Avira Antivirus Security can protect you and your device from the risks of physical and identity theft. Identity Safeguard protects your online identity, checking if you or your contacts’ email addresses have been leaked in a 3rd party security breach. Privacy Advisor is now included in the Antivirus section as keeping your data private is becoming as important as blocking classical malware. Privacy Advisor provides an important educational function by rating each app on a privacy scale according to how much data it collects.

More is at your fingertips

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We have an easy connection to complimentary apps which can get you to your online destination faster and more securely. These include:

  • Optimizer – Frees up phone memory with a single click
  • Phantom VPN – Empowers you to surf securely and unlock geo-restricted content – even from an unsecured public WiFi.
  • Password Manager – Remember logins and passwords to your essential websites so you don’t have to.

All three of these apps are available for free with some having additional functionality for the pro versions.

Ready for you

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Avira Antivirus Security is designed to go light on system resources and heavy on the threats to your security and privacy. It provides easy-to-configure protection that can be customized directly – or remotely. Avira Antivirus Security can be downloaded from Avira.com or at Play Store.

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AV-TEST certifies Avira Antivirus Pro as Top Security Product

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Avira Antivirus Pro got the best possible score in the latest AV-TEST for Windows Home Users. Antivirus Pro obtained perfect 18 out of 18 points, receiving top scores in Protection (6/6), Performance (6/6) and Usability (6/6). Avira continues to honor its reputation. The June AV-TEST award is the sixth distinction our product received this year. During the first half of 2017 Avira security solutions already earned 5 other prestigious distinctions, including AV-TEST’s Top Product award for the best antivirus software for Windows Home Users in April 2017.

The independent analysis was performed among 18 home user security products through tests in three key categories – Protection, Performance, and Usability. AV-TEST then tallied up the results by category, providing each antivirus with the opportunity to succeed or fail in each of the three categories. AV-TEST designed their Consumer Full Product Test to resemble the actual equipment and working conditions of an average home computer user. The test looked at detection of new and widespread threats, impact on computer performance, and several types of false positives during typical daily operation.

Avira Antivirus Pro provided complete protection against 0-day malware attacks, as well as widespread and prevalent malware discovered within the previous 4 weeks (viruses, worms, and Trojan horses), while having minimal impact on the computer speed.

“Computer users deserve a well-balanced security product that doesn’t slow them down or complicate their lives – and we are pleased to provide this with Avira Antivirus Pro. The best security is one that offers reliable detection to protect the user against cybercriminals,” — Alexander Vukcevic, Head of Avira Protection Services.

AV-TEST is an independent supplier of services in the fields of IT Security and Antivirus Research, focusing on the detection and analysis of the latest malicious software and its use in comprehensive comparative testing of security products. The AV-Test check was run during May and June 2017, among home user security products, based on realistic threats scenarios and against real-world threats. The test platform was Windows 10 Version 1703 (64 bit).

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