Anti-malware assessment company AV-Comparatives released today its latest report from March 2022. The report found that Microsoft’s internal antivirus Defender has one of the weakest offline detection rates of just 60.3%. Meanwhile, G DATA tops the list with 98.6%. This means that Microsoft Defender relies heavily on cloud-based protection.
However, the detection and protection rates online for the Microsoft product are among the best. In case you’re wondering what the difference is between protection and detection, here’s how AV-Comparatives defines the two:
“The file discovery test we did in previous years was a discovery-only test. This means that it only tested the ability of security programs to detect a malicious program file before execution.
This malware protection test checks not only the detection rates, but also the protection capabilities, ie. the ability to prevent malware from actually making any changes to the system. “
In the picture you can find a complete comparison of different anti-malware solutions for offline and online detection rates, as well as protection rates:
In the malware protection test, malicious files are executed on the system. While in the Real World Protection Test the vector is a network, in the Malware Protection Test the vectors can be e.g. network drives, USB or coverage scenarios where malware is already on the drive. More details about the test results read on Neowin.