The top three antivirus testing agencies just revealed which vendors earned top marks—and here’s why you should pay attention.

March 2, 2018

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Looking to protect your customers with the best security solutions on the market? Then you’ll want to check out the latest results from the industry’s three leading testing agencies: AV-Comparatives, AV-Test and Virus Bulletin.

While these agency names might not have the cachet of a Consumer Reports or J.D. Powers, they represent the definitive standards for excellence in the antivirus software world. All three organizations are independent and unbiased—meaning companies cannot purchase specific rankings, nor can they skip over any testing areas where their products might fall short. In fact, any antivirus product submitted for review is thoroughly scrutinized, in everything from user interface to protection provided to performance impact. The testing is so meticulous that, while most antivirus vendors submit their products for validation, some lack the confidence to even try.

But make no mistake: These honors aren’t about prestige. They’re about helping to ensure accountability and instill trust. Today’s businesses are facing the greatest onslaught of malicious threats the industry has ever seen, and they need to know that their managed service and IT partners have their backs. They need to know their data is safe, and that they aren’t at risk for expensive attacks. They want antivirus and endpoint security solutions that have been rigorously vetted against these threats, while still providing user-friendly interfaces and modern, mobile functionality.

Bottom line: If your antivirus offerings aren’t scoring big with these three agencies (or if they aren’t even participating in the process!), you might want to rethink your vendor list.

In the interest of full disclosure, here’s how VIPRE performed in the latest round of tests:

  • AV-Comparatives named VIPRE a 2017 Top Rated Product, with six Advanced+ awards (the highest-rated award possible). We also earned joint Bronze awards for the Real-World Protection Test and Malware Protection Test, and reviewers praised VIPRE’s “clean, well-laid-out interface.”

  • The AV-TEST Institute recognized VIPRE as a Top Product in its Windows Home User test, conducted in November and December 2017. Additionally, VIPRE scored a perfect 18 across three categories—protection, performance and usability—while the average score across all 20 vendors tested was only 16.6.

  • And in Virus Bulletin’s VB100 Comparative Review – December 2017, VIPRE passed 100 percent of tests with no false positives.

Curious how other security vendors stacked up in comparison? See the complete breakdown of results from all three agencies across all vendors tested. If you’d like more information on how VIPRE Security can help you deliver advanced, modern protection, visit us online.

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