Independent antivirus testing organization AV-Comparatives assessed the overall impact of 20 security software products on a PC’s overall system performance. Result: Emsisoft Anti-Malware version 10 scored second best out of all tested products, confirming that our efforts to increase overall speed with the release of version 10 paid off – to say the least. Emsisoft earned another Advanced+ award for these results. Read the whole report.
AV-Comparatives testing methods
AV-Comparatives used a third-party, industry-recognized performance testing suite (PC Mark 8 Professional) to measure the system impact during real-world product usage. They used the following test cases to come to determine how a product affects system performance:
- File copying
- Archiving and unarchiving
- Installing/uninstalling applications
- Launching applications
- Downloading files
After giving each product points for each individual test, AV-Comparatives then used the PC Mark 8 benchmark and repeated the test several times in order to provide an industry-recognized performance test. This led to an overall system impact score for each product, with the lower the score, the better.
As you can see, Emsisoft received a system impact score of 4.2, leaving 18 other vendors behind.
Why speed matters
Other than saving a user valuable time, speed of a product is an important factor because it can potentially put users at risk. If a product takes up too many system resources, users get annoyed and may disable or uninstall certain essential protective features. Therefore, it’s important that anti-virus software provide high detection rates and good protection against malware, but also that it does not degrade performance or trouble users. Emsisoft Anti-Malware version 10 may offer the best of both worlds.