Panda Security has taken the top spot in AV-Test’s Q2 report, receiving the laboratory’s certification after passing with above average scores on all protection, cleaning and usability tests as well as those designed to test the solutions’ ability to repair computers infected with malware.
In the protection test, Panda Internet Security 2010 achieved a score of 5.5 out of 6, as it did in the areas of cleaning and repairing computers infected with malware. The solution scored 5 out of 6 for usability.
In the first section of protection against malware infections, the most significant results came in the detection of the malware batch used by AV-Test as well as those in the ‘In the Wild’ list, where the solution detected 100% of samples. In the detection of zero-day malware attacks on the Internet, including Web and email threats, Panda Security scored 82%, 89% and 74% respectively in the three test months. In the dynamic detection testing, Panda detected 81% of the samples used, which is way above the industry average of 63%.
Panda Internet Security 2010 also scored 100% in the detection and elimination of rootkits and hidden malware. In the section on cleaning and repairing computers infected with malware, Panda Security achieved 95% in the elimination of active malware components (according to the WildList), once again above the industry average.
In the usability section, the impact ratio of the antivirus on computer performance was 101 seconds, less than half the industry average of 251 seconds.
“These results illustrate the great detection capacity of Panda's Collective Intelligence detection system” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “More significantly, this detection power has no impact on users’ computers, as scanning and the classification of malware takes place in the cloud."
Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-Test.org. adds: “At AV-Test.org, we have tested all products with all update functionality and 'in the cloud' protection enabled, so no product updates were frozen. This way, the products had to demonstrate their 'real world' capabilities using all components and protection layers in realistic test scenarios."
Marx also spoke about the performance of the Panda solution during the tests: “Panda Internet Security showed impressively high results for the static and dynamic detection of new malware. Not only was the protection against, and removal of, new malware very high, but at the same time Panda had less impact on the system from the usability point of view."