Virus Bulletin-Softonic Security Rankings for major Antivirus Brands released

Based on  Virus Bulletin data, Softonic, a software download portal carried out a detailed comparison of all major brands of Antivirus program this year. The study undertaken by the website covered a range of programs (free as well as commercial). The 3 main parameters used to measure the efficiency and strength of the programmes under adverse conditions, included,

  1. Detection rate
  2. System performance
  3. Quality of the user interface.

AntiVirus Security Rankings

Free antivirus programs from bigwigs like AVAST! AVIRA, PANDA CLOUD, MICROSOFT, AVG, BAIDU, QIHOO, BITDEFENDER were tested against commercial antivirus programs, KASPERSKY, BULLGAURD, ESET, F-SECURE, G DATA and NORTON.

The standards for testing premium and free programs didn’t differ much as it was observed that the additional features such as backup, cloud storage, browser protection, encryption, or parental control found in the premium editions were also found in few free programs and hence, the basis for comparison.

The quality of each program jointly with its laboratory test partner Virus Bulletin, giving them a rating on a scale of 10. An overall score having highest average score was adjudged as winner and therefore, the best of all.

Norton, with a score of 8.69, the highest of all, managed to secure the first place in the list followed by ESET with 8.47. The antivirus from the Russian multi-national – Kaspersky stood third with 8.39.

Programs were also judged in the following categories:

  • Strongest antivirus software –G DATA
  • Most promising software of the year – BAIDU
  • Fastest antivirus software of the year- ESET
  • Most complete free ware solution – AVAST!
  • Disappointment of the year – MICROSOFT.

Based on its findings, Softonic has also released an Infographic on this antivirus comparison and the results.


Sadly, the report labels Microsoft as the disappointment of the year. The company’s brand – Microsoft Windows Defender just failed to impress the jurists it seems!

Visit Softonic  for more details and to see the security score from the independent testing laboratory Virus Bulletin too, for each software.

Thanks Markus.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.




  2. Gregg L. DesElms

    So, then, @Adamas, this site’s owner’s yesterday’s warning to you about only posting in English has fallen, in effect, on your deaf ears (technically, since it’s written, on your blind eyes, but that’s not the old saying)…

    …do I have that about right? This, just as more than one person around here has asked you to stop typing in all caps, which is against “netiquette,” because it’s the Internet equivalent of yelling, has so fallen. Again, right?

    So, then, I’m guessing you also missed my yesterday’s genuine concern about you, wherein I suggested that you get some help with whatever it is that’s making you behave the way you’re behaving.

    I hope you do. I’d love to know what you’re like when you’re not either drunk, or off your meds, or whatever it is that’s wrong with you. I’m sure you’re a nice person (though you’ve certainly shown no evidence of it, here). I’d love to e-meet you when you’re behaving rationally.

    I hope you get better, soon. I wanted to wish you that before you get banned from this place. Tick, tock.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi.
    Veritas nimium altercando amittitur.

  3. Gregg L. DesElms

    Interesting. Thanks for this article, and its link to the original. Predictable results except for Norton doing well. It’s been on a steady decline for a while, now.

    Anyway, as long as I have your attention for a moment, I’d like to make a suggestion for the future…

    The infographic has obviously been narrowed from its original size to fit the column of this page, which is fine for the version of it which fits on this page. However, had I done it, I’d have made the version on this page clickable; and if clicked on the original infographic, in its original width, would open in a new tab.

    Just, again, a suggestion.

    Anyway, good piece. Thanks!

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi.
    Veritas nimium altercando amittitur.

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