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Worldwide Antivirus Vendor Market Share
In the worldwide market for antivirus vendors, Microsoft leads with a 23% share – a result similar to what was seen in previous reports. Avast follows in the ranking at around 16%, followed by AVG, ESET, and Symantec, each in the 8-9% range. Malwarebytes, which was formerly classified as antispyware software, is now included in the antivirus vendor market share for the first time. With a 4.2% share, this addition may have caused a slight general decrease in the market share of vendors from what was seen in previous reports. These results only include devices with real-time protection (RTP) enabled, indicating that the user’s machine is being actively protected.
Antivirus vendors worldwide - January 2014
Users with real time protection enabled vs. all users
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In chart above, hover over elements to see individual vendors and percentages.
While the comparison above only includes data from products with real time protection (RTP) enabled, OPSWAT also looked at data for all installed products, including those that are expired or disabled. The two biggest changes seen in this new data come from Microsoft and Malwarebytes, which become the top two antivirus vendors in the new data. Both of these vendors make products that often have RTP turned off when they are installed on a machine, or in the case of the free version of Malwarebytes, no RTP function at all. These products are shown individually in the next section, and further analysis is included further down in this report. Besides these two vendors, all others show a smaller market share when all devices are compared without regard to RTP status.
Worldwide Antivirus Product Market Share
Microsoft Security Essentials leads the worldwide market for antivirus products with 16.3%, followed closely by avast! Free Antivirus with 13.2%. The remaining products all occurred at much lower levels. Windows Defender occupies the third position with 6.2%, followed by Avira Free Antivirus and AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition. Compared to past reports, a general decrease in occurrence of the top four products has resulted in a more even distribution of products in the current report. Overall, 15 products show more than two percent market share, and only 62% of all antivirus products detected fall into the top ten products. These results only include devices with RTP enabled.
In the chart below, hover over elements to see products and percentages.
Antivirus products worldwide - January 2014
Users with real time protection enabled vs. all users
|Devices with real time protection enabled||
In the chart above, hover over elements to see individual products and percentages.
While the comparison above only includes data from products with real time protection (RTP) enabled, OPSWAT also looked at data for all installed products, including those that are expired or disabled. In this set of data, Windows Defender leads the number of occurrences by a wide margin. Primarily used as a supplemental application, Windows Defender comes installed on all Windows 8 machines, and most users have RTP turned off. A deeper analysis of this anomaly is included in the August 2013 report. When RTP is not a factor, the other two products that show a large increase in occurrences are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free version) and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro, which occupy the fourth and fifth positions. This is the first market share report that includes these two products in the antivirus section, as they were formerly classified as purely antispyware products. RTP is not available in the free version of Malwarebytes, which is an on-demand product that requires a manual start to run a scan. The use of Malwarewbytes and Malwarebytes Pro as supplemental products is further analyzed in the next section.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro
Public File Sharing Installations
Hard Drive Usage
OPSWAT Gears also detects the amount of hard drive space remaining on individual devices. Few devices have more than 90% of hard drive space remaining due to the large amount of memory used by the operating system and pre-installed applications. Otherwise, the results show a trend of more devices having hard drives with a large amount of free space. Overall, 56.3% of devices have more than half of their hard drive space available.
This report shows comparisons for antivirus applications on Windows systems from data collected from users of OPSWAT’s Security Score and free OPSWAT Gears tools. These free products use the detection capabilities of OPSWAT Gears technology to collect information regarding the applications installed on endpoint computers. Security Score is a personal security monitoring tool available at opswat.com/products/security-score and also at various download sites across the web. OPSWAT Gears is a network monitoring tool available at www.opswatgears.com and is free to manage up to 25 devices. Only free OPSWAT Gears users are included in this report. These tools are used around the world by home and business users, both expert and inexperienced in security software. For the purpose of the report, the sample of more than 5000 users is assumed to be representative of the market, based on the wide accessibility of the tools to a large range of users. However, these results are likely to differ from those in the real world (see below for more details). OPSWAT Gears and Security Score run continuously in a user’s system as security tools. This allows for continuous reports over time from each user, as long as the application is installed. For this report, the data was collected to show what was on each user’s computer from the most recent data transfer that was sent before the time of collection on 1/1/2014.
Several attributes inherent in way the data is collected may cause the results in this report to differ from what exists in the real world. OPSWAT makes no claims as to the accuracy of the data in the real world market and is continuously working on ways to overcome the following obstacles:
- On average, OPSWAT Gears and Security Score users are more likely to have high-functioning security on their computers than would be seen in the market as a whole. Security Score continuously provides information to its users about the strength of their security measures, and OPSWAT Gears allows IT administrators to monitor users who are not security compliant. In both cases, the act of gathering OPSWAT’s market share data also serves to remind users to increase their security capabilities.
- Though the sample size is large enough to give reliable data, some cross-comparisons and more detailed comparisons result in lower confidence levels. The sample size will continue to increase in each report since the data is collected from every current user of these products. More data in the future will allow for several new in-depth comparisons that have not been included in past reports.
- This report includes a comparison of home vs. corporate users, classified by the Windows operating system that is used on the device. Because of the nature of the products used to collect the data, the data sample may contain a higher percentage of corporate users than what exists in the real world.
- These applications are marketed in OPSWAT’s own channels. Users sampled may not be representative of the general population. For example, this report may contain a different distribution of Windows operating systems and device types compared to what exists in the real world. While this report contains more than 20% Windows 8 users, Net Applications reports that around 10.5% of all Windows users currently operate under Windows 8.
- Although the free version of Security Score is only available for Windows users, OPSWAT Gears is available for both Windows and Mac. However, Mac applications are not included in this report, and products that are available on both Mac and Windows would presumably have different market shares in the real world. Market share for Mac users is expected to be added in future reports.
- While Security Score and OPSWAT Gears are used on devices around the world, their use is not commensurate with worldwide population distribution. Only English-language versions of these tools are available, so countries that have higher numbers of English speakers are expected to use these applications at higher rates, as well as countries that have been exposed to more coverage of these tools by press and partners. For example, the Chinese antivirus vendor Qihoo 360 recently reported that it had 440 million users of its internet security products, but it did not make the list of top vendors in this set of data.
Stay tuned for the next market share report in January, which will feature new comparisons and in-depth comparisons of product usage. OPSWAT is working to increase global usage of Security Score, OPSWAT Gears, and other free applications. Mac application data will also be added in the future.
Vendors of antivirus, P2P, patch management, backup, encryption, and other applications interested in inclusion in these reports, OPSWAT Gears, and OESIS Framework are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to partner with OPSWAT.
OPSWAT Products and Services
Metascan technology powers each of OPSWAT’s multi-scanning solutions, enabling IT professionals and software engineers to enhance network security by scanning with up to 30 built-in antivirus engines from market leaders such as ESET, Norman, AVG and many others. Metascan allows for custom implementations, such as integration with other engines of your choice, and can be used for rapid malware analysis and to implement sophisticated data loss prevention systems.
For specific multi-scanning needs, OPSWAT also offers Metascan Client, which quickly scans endpoints’ running processes and memory for key loggers, viruses and other malware, and Metadefender, which scans removable media such as USB drives, CDs, DVDs, and memory cards.
A free demo of Metascan technology is available at metascan-online.com.
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