AV-Test uses its own “Sunshine” program to analyze all computer actions during this time to determine whether the attack was partially or completely blocked.
The second part, the Prevalence Malware Test, takes a bigger bucket of malware collected during the four weeks prior to the start of the test, pours it on the machine and evaluates it afterwards to see if any malware remnants have been left behind.
In addition to the Protection module, Avira had solid results in the Performance and Usability modules, scoring 5.5 out of the total 6 points available for each. The Performance test measures the lag in opening files and applications once an AV has been installed compared with the base time of a native installed operating system, while the Usability test looks at the frequency of false positives.
In total, Avira received 17 out of 18 possible points from AV-Test and honors again its heritage of winning Certified Seals.