ESET's Smart Security 9 has received the highest score in AV-Comparatives' latest independent performance test, which measure the impact of the product on a system.
The offering received a performance test score of 75, alongside Avira Antivirus Pro 15.0, Bitdefender Internet Security 2016, Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 and Avast Free Antivirus 2016, with its impact score of 0.3 beaten only by Avira.
In the PC Mark test the Smart Security received a score of 99.7 – also achieved by AVG Internet Security 2016, Emisoft Anti-malware 11.7 and F-Secure Internet Security 9.0. Avira again topped the list with a 99.8 score.
The scores saw Smart Security 9 receive a three-star, advanced plus rating.
Palo Luka, ESET chief technology officer, says the AV-Comparatives performance test confirms ‘that ultimate protection doesn't have to come at the cost of performance'.
“We are happy that our efforts to provide customers with lightweight protection pays off,” Luka says.
Andreas Clementi, AV-Comparatives, says ESET Smart Security 9 ‘improved significantly, confirming its low performance impact'.