Test results highlight Windows security struggles

AV-Av softwareTest has published the latest in it’s Windows security software test results, and they don’t make good reading for users of the most popular Anti Virus software suites, especially the free ones.

AV-Test looks at three categories in its tests, and scores them out of six points each. Protection gauges how well a suite blocks threats, Repair evaluates how well a suite removes malware, and Usability includes testing for false positives. 

AV-Test regularly changes the Windows system it uses and the previous tests were on Windows 7.This series of tests was run on Windows XP service pack 3, and they don’t make pretty reading.

Almost all the popular security suites lost points over the previous tests. However you have to factor in the system used. Windows XP is a decade old and has notoriously bad default security anyway. 

So if you are still using Windows XP you might want to take a look at the test results and then upgrade either to a better security suite, or preferably a better operating system.