If there is one thing the enterprise market cares about more than anything else, it would have to be security. For the most part, Windows 10 is well protected from danger, but users are still required to install anti-virus software for even more protection.
Now, Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender pre-installed, the default anti-virus and malware protection offered by Microsoft. A few quick queries around the web will show much disdain towards Windows Defender but in all honesty, the software isn’t that bad. In fact, it has gotten much better over time. Still, it isn’t in the same league as other, top paid programs or even some free ones. At the end of the day, Windows Defender is not the best so the question remains: Which anti-virus program is best for enterprise users?
German antivirus institute AV-TEST did a rundown to find out which anti-virus software is best at protecting enterprise computers. It scored each on Protection, Performance, and Usability. The findings shouldn’t come as a surprise besides from Windows Defender’s presences — even if it’s way down the line.
At the very top of the pile is Bitdefender with 6 points in all three tests, the maximum number of points an anti-virus program can earn in this test. In second place is Kaspersky with 6 points in Protection, 5.5 points in Performance, and 6 points in Usability. Symantec is in third lace, with 6 points in Protection, 6 points in Performance, and 5.5 points in Usability.
As for Microsoft’s Windows Defender, it only managed to take eleventh place, with 3 points in Protection, 5 points in Performance, and 6 points in Usability. While not bad, it needs to be much better if the software giant wants Windows Defender to be taken more seriously. A mere 3 in protection is fine, but not good enough when we consider the type of threats enterprise faces today. Still, Windows Defender is much better now due to the newly added Advanced Threat Detection.
Here’s the full list:
- Norton by Symantec
- Kaspersky SO
- Kaspersky ES
- Trend Micro
- Windows Defender
Update: Since the article was written, a new security tool has emerged on the market: Emsisoft Anti-malware. This tool can be easily added in the top 5 of this list. It specializes in defeating the ransomware (decrypting and stealing data), banking trojans, PUPs, bots and backdoors left on your PC by various malware. It is lightweight and can be easily be installed on a low-spec PC.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2016 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.