All computer users should consider installing an anti-virus program from a third-party source. These tools aid in identifying and eliminate malware from a computer and can also prevent malicious websites from trying to attempt to steal or corrupt user data. These tools can affect the speed and performance of a computer when they run a scan or update their database with affected documents. This article looks at the performance of different antivirus software during tests designed to gauge how much they slow down the speed of a computer and its performance in comparison to other similar solutions.
The independent AV Comparatives lab conducts many different tests to assess security software products. The tests focus on protection in real-world situations such as detection of infected files (classical testing) as well as performance. Each type of test is run multiple times over the course of a year and based on the results, AV-Comparatives awards Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to security products.
This test was in response to a real-life customer scenario. Many customers employ complex PowerShell scripts to dump data from one file system to another, and these processes can take hours or even days to complete. These complex scripts run on high-performance hardware, therefore we wanted to see how the antivirus scanner impacted this. We also wanted to understand how the tools used resources on every machine.
Avira Prime performed well in AV Comparatives tests. It offered 99% protection against mac malware, PUAs and Windows Malware. It requires a subscription to gain access to all features, and its promotional messages are irritating.