test to evaluate the self-protection of 32 security solutions for both consumers and businesses. The goal was to establish if these applications are adopting protection technologies like DEP (Data Execution Prevention) and ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) for their own use and how well they perform from this point of view. Avira occupied a top position in this area as well, with an average use of 99.7% in 32 and 64 bit versions.
To understand the importance of the self-protection factor in Antivirus Software, it’s useful to know that DEP uses CPU features to mark certain areas of the device’s memory as not executable while ASLR randomly locates executable code at load time. DEP and ASLR can thus protect against buffer overflow exploits and attempts to execute privileged code at known locations in memory.
We recommend Larry Seltzer’s analysis for a more in-depth understanding of the AV-TEST Self-Protection Results.
Every successful test and earned certification shows how our antivirus is continuously evolving to face the digital challenges of today. It is a proof of strength and commitment of our teams towards millions of customers who trust us to secure their devices. Our experts will keep applying the best methods to discover, classify and detect new malicious applications until online safety becomes the natural state of things.