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AV-TEST is an independent organization which evaluates and rates antivirus and security suite software[1] for Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Android operating systems,[2] according to a variety of criteria. The organisation is based in Magdeburg, Germany.[3]

Every other month, the researchers publish the results of their testing,[3][4] where they list which products they awarded their certification.[5] They regularly test antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall software for the software publishers and for magazines. In the field of product certification they work together with Tekit Consult Bonn GmbH (TÜV Saarland group).

The tests are performed on desktop computers and servers running Windows 98, ME, NT 4, 2000, XP, 2003; Novell NetWare, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Lotus Domino/Notes and Microsoft Exchange.

AV-TEST is a member of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization.


It was founded by Andreas Marx (CEO) and Guido Habicht.


In 2013, the security specialist and CEO of IT security company Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, criticized AV-TEST for changing their certification process.[6]

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  1. ^ Harley, David (2011). AVIEN Malware Defense Guide for the Enterprise. Elsevier. p. 487. ISBN 9780080558660. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  2. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (2013-03-15). "Android antivirus apps improve their grades". cnet. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  3. ^ a b Owano, Nancy (2013-01-18). "Microsoft Security Essentials misses AV-Test Certified status". PhysOrg. Douglas, Isle of Man: Omicron Technology Ltd. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  4. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (2013-04-08). "Windows 8's rising security tide raises all antivirus boats". cnet. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  5. ^ Rubenking, Neil J. (2013-01-16). "Microsoft and Others Fail Antivirus Test". PC Magazine. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  6. ^ "One step forward, two steps back". eugene.kaspersky.com.

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