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Clicking the Scan System button in the PC Protection panel launches a full system scan.
The scan window itself retains the oddball window caption "Luke Filewalker" that I remarked on in previous editions. A full scan of my standard clean test system took two and a quarter hours, the longest time for any current product, about three times the current average scan time. Some products speed subsequent scans by skipping files that have already been validated.
For example, a repeat scan with AVG Anti Virus Free finished in just one minute. Don't be fooled by the progress bar, as it runs to 100 percent multiple times during a scan.
More interesting to me are the tests that put a group of products through the exact same evaluation and report how well they did. Its score of 85.07 percent in Virus Bulletin's RAP (Reactive and Proactive) test is about halfway between the current average and the current maximum.Note, though, that Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, and Trend Micro Antivirus Security all earned a perfect 18 points in the same test.Earlier this year I added a pair of tests from London-based MRG-Effitas to the mix.One focuses on financial malware, while the other attempts to cover the whole range of malware types.Avira failed the financial test, but then, 70 percent of the products tested failed that one.
Many security products flip through a series of informational slides during installation, extolling the virtues of the product itself or advertising companion products. Each of its informational images both describes a companion product and offers to install that product.