Because no solution offers 100% protection, the malware removal capabilities are an important aspect to consider when choosing an antivirus solution. An antivirus scan is the first counteraction of most users when they notice their system is infected. Therefore, we evaluate both completeness and convenience in our annual malware removal test. In our 2017 report we tested 17 antivirus solutions.
Malware Removal Test
The antivirus solutions were tested from February to September 2017. Each month the products were tested against a selected set of malware. We always use up-to-date product versions – therefore no version numbers are given in the list below:
- Adaware Pro Security
- Avast Free Antivirus
- AVG Free Antivirus
- AVIRA Antivirus Pro
- Bitdefender Internet Security
- BullGuard Internet Security
- Emsisoft Anti-Malware
- eScan Corporate 360
- ESET Internet Security
- F-Secure SAFE
- Fortinet FortiClient with FortiGate
- Kaspersky Internet Security
- Microsoft Windows Defender
- Seqrite Endpoint Security
- Tencent PC Manager
- Trend Micro Internet Security
- VIPRE Advanced Security
Malware removal awards
Five antivirus solutions received the advanced plus award. Compared to the 2016 test, three new vendors were awarded the highest rating and three vendors dropped out of the advanced category.
Recent ransomware attacks stress the importance of good image and data backup tools to undo or recover from malware infections. We advise home users to enable Windows System Restore and regularly make backups of their system image and user data.
Most vendors provide additional cleaning solutions on their websites. Read our comprehensive 2017 Malware removal Test for additional information.