Results of AV-Comparatives annual security survey published

One third of the respondents reported that their security solution has blocked a malware attack in the last week. 16.7% of the respondents suffered a malware infection in the last six months of 2017 compared to 14% in 2016. The Security survey can be downloaded from here.

Every year AV-comparatives conducts a security survey asking users their opinion and preference on security products. In our global survey we ask users on various security related topics. The opinions and preferences from the end user community provide us with valuable feedback. The results help us increase the relevance and value of anti-virus software testing. We want to thank all who join the surveys and spend their time to complete them.

Reliable end user feedback from all continents
In our annual security survey we received responses from over 100 countries coming from all continents around the globe. The survey was conducted from December 20th, 2017 to January 10th, 2018. Some highlights are:

  • A majority of users (83%) were well protected in the last 6 months, having not suffered a malware infection in this period. Almost exactly a third (33%) stated that their security product had blocked malware within the last week, indicating how easy it is to encounter a threat.
  • The number of users who rely on free desktop security software has risen slightly this year, standing at 37% of users. However, the share of users who pay for a security solution has not changed, as there has been a drop in the number of users without antivirus software, which is now down to 1.7%.
  • Well over two thirds of this year’s respondents (70.8%) have moved to Windows 10, leaving Windows 7 with under a fifth of users (18.6%).
  • Google Chrome is the most popular browser, with getting on for half of respondents (45.7%) using it. Mozilla Firefox accounts for a lot of the remaining users, with a share approaching a third (30.1%). Despite being built into the increasingly popular Windows 10, and being Microsoft’s recommended browser on this OS, Microsoft Edge is only used by 5.5% of users overall.
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Finally, we want to thank Adaware, Avast, Avira, Bitdefender, Emsisoft, ESET, F-Secure, G DATA, Kaspersky Lab, Panda, SafeDNS, and Trend Micro for providing licenses for our price-draw. About 500 survey participants were randomly selected for a free one-year license of a premium security product. The lucky winners will be informed in the next days by email.