AV-TEST Product Review and Certification Report – Jun/2020

During May and June 2020 we evaluated 9 home user security products for macOS Catalina. We always used the most current version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on malware detection, false positives and performance.



PlatformMacOS Catalina 10.15.3


Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)

Industry averageIndustry averageJune
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 months (the AV-TEST reference set) 83 samples used 100%100%
Protection Score 6.0/6.0


Average influence of the product on computer speed in daily usage

Industry averageIndustry averageJune
Slower download of frequently-used applications 26 downloaded files 0%0%
Slower launch of standard software applications 42 test cases applied 5%10%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications 25 installed applications 7%15%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network) 5,041 files copied 9%1%
Performance Score 6.0/6.0


Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)

Industry averageIndustry averageJune
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan 391,045 samples used 0 0
False warnings concerning certain actions carried out whilst installing and using legitimate software 50 samples used 0 0
Usability Score 6.0/6.0

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