Since I use the same samples month after month, the malware-blocking test definitely doesn't measure a product's ability to detect brand-new threats.In a separate test, I attempt to download malware from 100 very new malicious URLs supplied by MRG-Effitas, typically less than a day old.Some take the fight upstream, working hard to ensure you never even browse to a malware-hosting site, or get fooled into turning over your credentials to a phishing site.
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I note whether the antivirus blocked all access to the URL, wiped out the malicious payload during download, or did nothing.
Norton holds the current top score in this test, followed by Avira Free Antivirus.
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