In describing its Real-World Protection Test, AV-Comparatives states the following on its website:
“Our Real-World Protection Test is currently the most comprehensive and complex test available, using a large number of test cases. This year, we are running this test under Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1 with up-to-date third-party software (such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Java, etc.).“
AV-Comparatives‘ fact sheet highlights the fact that Avast Free Antivirus 2016 had zero false positives in a series of tests carried out by the testing firm.
“The results [of the Real-World Protection Test] are based on the test set of 355 live test cases (malicious URLs found in the field), consisting of working exploits (i.e. drive-by downloads) and URLs pointing directly to malware. Thus exactly the same infection vectors are used as a typical user would experience in everyday life. The test-cases used cover a wide range of current malicious sites and provide insights into the protection given by the various products (using all their protection features) while surfing the web.“
With zero false positives, users can rest easy knowing that the detections picked up by Avast Free Antivirus are genuine.