The AV-Comparatives study, which ran from January 13 to January 28, 2022, tested all browsers and antiviruses in parallel, exposing them each to 250 independently selected valid phishing URLs, and 250 clean URLs for false alarm detection. Phishing protection provided by AV products has been tested on Windows 10 with Google Chrome 97.0 with Google Safebrowsing disabled. Antivirus browser extensions have been installed and enabled, and competing browsers have been tested without an antivirus program running. At the time of testing, all products were updated to their latest software versions.
“For many years, Avast’s Threat Detection Engine has been an outstanding tool, achieving excellent results in tests for Malware Protection, Advanced Threat Protection, and Real-World Protection” , said Andreas Clementi, Founder and CEO of AV-Comparatives. “Recently, Avast excelled in the anti-phishing category, which is bad news for opportunistic cybercriminals who often depend on high success rates from phishing attacks as a way to generate a better return on investment.”
In 2021, our threat detection engine identified and blocked nearly four million unique phishing URLs each month on average,” said Siggi Stefnisson, Head of Threat Labs, Avast. “Phishing is one of the most common threats to businesses and consumers, often because it is easier to exploit the human condition through urgency, fear or pressure than to hack into a system. Phishing attacks, especially targeted and personalized ones, and phishing URLs have become so pervasive, difficult to identify as malicious, and effective in achieving their corporate theft, fraud, and espionage purposes, that it is of paramount importance that we maintain state-of-the-art detection. rates to apply to our products and services to keep our customers safe online.”
*This report was commissioned by Avast, however AV-Comparatives’ anti-phishing test of all products was conducted unbiased and under identical conditions. Phishing sites were independently selected by AV-Comparatives without instruction, influence, litigation or review from Avast or any of the tested parties.
A full list of tested antivirus and browser products is listed below:
Avast Free Antivirus 21.11, Avast One Essential 21.11, Avira Free Antivirus 15.0, Bitdefender Internet Security 26.0, ESET Internet Security 21.3, Malwarebytes Premium 4.5, McAfee Total Protection 16.0, Microsoft Defender 4.18 (with Defender for Chrome browser plugin), NortonLifeLock Norton 360 22.21.
Avast Secure Browser 97.0, Google Chrome 97.0 (with Safebrowsing), Microsoft Edge 97.0, Mozilla Firefox 96.0, Opera 82.0.
Avast (LSE:AVST), a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in digital security and privacy, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. With more than 435 million online users, Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect users against Internet threats and the changing IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is one of the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for mobile, PC or Mac are top rated and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, SE Labs and others. Avast is a member of the Coalition Against Stalkerware, No More Ransom, and the Internet Watch Foundation. Visit: www.avast.com.
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