AV-TEST Ranks and Rates the Best Data Theft and Ransomware Protection Solutions for Windows 10

The huge rise in cybercrime and other forms of digital attacks that can lead to people losing access to their precious data is something that quite a few individuals have become rather concerned about. Many people choose to use protection solutions such as antiviruses because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing them to keep their systems safe from these kinds of attacks, and the large quantity of protection solutions often contains a few products that are highly effective.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that AV-TEST recently conducted its Advanced Threat Protection assessments in order to evaluate the efficacy of various protection solutions both for business and home users. One thing to bear in mind about these tests is that they are a lot more in depth than classical tests because they don’t only focus on threat detection. Instead, this is just the first step of the testing process for AV-TEST.

In their tests for protection solution performance against ransomware attacks, AV-TEST gave its tested software a grade out of a maximum possible score of 36. Many of the products they tested for Windows 10 operating systems managed to get the maximum score. Bitdefender, F-Secure, G DATA, Kaspersky, Microworld as well as Microsoft’s own built in antivirus all get full marks. However, famous antivirus providers fell somewhat short of the mark by scoring only 33 points, with others like Avast doing even worse by only managing to get 30 points which is quite low with all things having been considered and taken into account.

AV-TEST also conducted advance attack tests for several programs that are meant to protect you from data theft and ransomware for users. This software was graded on a forty five point scale instead of just sixty five points since they are trying to protect you from much more significant and severe kinds of attacks. The vast majority of products in this category that were tested got full marks, or in other words they got 45 out of 45.

This includes Avast, which managed to get full marks despite its lackluster performance in other categories. Aronis, AVG, Bitdefender, F-Secure and G DATA also got full marks in this test, indicating that a lot of antivirus companies are covering all of their bases as far as ransomware attacks and data stealing attempts are concerned. Consumers needs to buy an antivirus as soon as they can, and these tests show just how many excellent options they have on the market. Microsoft Defender got full marks in both of these test, though, which indicates that you might not need to pay for an antivirus if you use Windows.

While ransomware attacks are very dangerous, attacks from data stealers can be a lot more complex. These attacks pose as ransomware attacks that only encrypt a small part of your data, but that mostly works as a distraction while the malware steals much more data in the background. That shows how important it is to fend off data stealers as well because their attacks are more damaging to the average consumer as well as company.

AV-TEST conducted these tests by exposing popular malware protection solutions to ten different kinds of attacks, and many of them managed to fend off a large portion of said attacks. That says a lot about the quality of antivirus protection that is available to most people right now. In spite of the fact that this is the case, a lot of cyber attacks are still occurring and that suggests that not enough people are availing the high quality antiviruses that can help keep them at bay. Consumer education is of paramount importance moving forward so that the frequency of these attacks can be reduced.
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