The Internet world has changed over the last 5 years with cybercrimes becoming more advanced and more organized- the most recent being the Global hacking in May 2017 that involves more than 100,000 computers worldwide. The hackers behind the most recent attack had targeted some stolen US spy agency materials. The attack occurred in over one hundred countries and Russia was the hardest hit. The hackers had lured that victims into opening a malicious malware that were attached to spam emails. Once the emails were opened, the ransomware will encrypt data in the affected computer and a payment of between $300-600 will be demanded before access to data can be restored.
Aside from the most recent hacking in more than 100 countries worldwide, online shopping volumes have increased by more than 500% in the past 5 years with more shoppers using their smartphones to shop and buy just anything from online stores. With this expansion comes more challenges in terms of securing financial transactions, as more credit card information are stolen especially on shopping sites with weaker security features. The good news is that new antivirus and other security software released in the past 5 years have stepped up the blocking of hacking and phishing activities on shopping websites, thus giving ecommerce website operators a reprieve from financial scams. Also keep in mind that many companies provide good discounts for their software during the year, especially on national holidays or special days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc. For example BitDefender offers upto 70% discount coupons for BitDefender Total Security, you may check some promotions at SoftoCoupon.
Researches from independent testing on antivirus software
There are quite a number of independent testing organizations for antivirus software, anti-malware tools, and other security software for all operating systems and one of the most trusted testing organizations is the AV-Comparatives.
Performance tests research results for 2017 antivirus software
In May 2017, AV-comparatives.org tested 21 top antivirus software for their impact on the performance of devices, Real world protection, Malware protection, and even android/IOS protection capabilities. The performance test for instance measures the impact an anti-virus software has on the performance of a system. For instance, certain programs running in the background may use up some of the system resources, thus slowing down the speed of the computer when the antivirus is operating. The tested antivirus products included; Avast free antivirus 17.4, Kaspersky Internet Security 17.0, Bitdefender Total Security 2017, Microsoft Windows Defender 4.10, Symantec Norton Security 22.9 and McAfee Internet Security 2017.
The performance tests conducted were performed based on the speed of the device when the antivirus is active and operations such as ; File copying, Archiving or unarchiving, Installing and uninstalling applications, Launching of applications, Downloading of files, Browsing of websites; are ongoing.
From researches conducted on the top 2017 antivirus software, it was observed that the older the computer or device, the slower the performance of the device when any antivirus software is installed. With a hardware older than 10 years, a 2017 antivirus software may render the device unusable or extremely slow. It was also observed that getting a new hardware, especially one with multi-core processors are much more preferable to sustain the speed of a device when an antivirus is installed and fully operational.
From research results conducted through AV-comparatives independent testers, lower RAM sizes also affect the performance or speed of a device, regardless of the antivirus installed on it. For computers using Windows 7 and newer versions, most 2017 antivirus did not have any effect on 4GB RAM or higher, however, devices with 1GB RAM or smaller sizes had their speeds and performances considerably reduced. The independent testers suggested that all software must be kept up-to-date for the best speed and performance when running any new antivirus software.
Real world protection research results for 2017 antivirus software tests
The real world protection tests for 2017 antivirus software provide a long term dynamic test results on the capabilities of the software when they are faced with real virus threats especially when the antivirus products are still on their default settings. From the research results obtained, Bitdefender Total Security 2017 took the number one spot with 99.7% false positive detection results, while CrowdStrike and Avira 2017 antivirus software took the number 2 and 3 positions respectively. Other 2017 antivirus software brands in the top 10 ranking for real world protection tests for 2017 antivirus software are; Panda, Microsoft, Kaspersky, Eset, Symantec, Avast, and AVG.
Trend Micro 2017 antivirus and Avast 2017 antivirus software were found to have blocked 100% of virus threats, while Bitdefender 2017 Total Security software was able to block 99.7% of threats. The most compromised antivirus software, according to the research conducted by AV comparatives, as regards threat blockage are; McAfee, Seqrite, and Adaware. These software had between 3-4% chances of being compromised when they are exposed to real world virus threats.
The Malware protection test research results
Malware protection test is one of the independent tests conducted by AV comparatives independent testers. This test compares research results based on enhancement of file detection among the top new antivirus software brands. The test is designed to confirm the ability of the antivirus software to protect a device against attacks from malicious files. This test is unique because it helps to access how a software detects infections through scans, internet and even cloud systems. One other benefit of this test is that it access the last line of defense of each software and also access how the antivirus software detects behavioural features of the malware.
According to the research results from the malware protection test, which was conducted in March 2017, Adaware, Avast, AVG, and Bitdefender Antivirus 2017 do have 99.89%, 99.97%, 99.97, and 99.95 online protection rates, respectively. Trend Micro 2017 antivirus has 100% protection against online Malware, while Microsoft and McAfee 2017 antivirus software do have the least online malware protection success rates of 99.64% and 99.62%, respectively.