OPSWAT’s Q2 Antivirus Market Share Report Names Microsoft as the New North American Leader

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OPSWAT's latest market share report announces top antivirus vendors in North America and worldwide as well as leading instant messengers in the global market.

Graph of AV Vendors from OPSWAT

Antivirus Market Share in North America by Vendor

Microsoft increased its market share to surpass Symantec and become the North American leader.

OPSWAT released their latest quarterly antivirus market share report today, adding an instant messaging application section for the first time. The report announces leading antivirus vendors and products in North America and worldwide, Windows OS usage in North America and worldwide, instant messaging (IM) market share worldwide and IM usage in North America and Europe.

OPSWAT, the industry leader in software management SDKs, interoperability certification and multiple-engine malware scanning solutions, analyzed more than forty-three thousand opt-in reports from endpoints worldwide. The reports, generated by OPSWAT’s AppRemover and Am I OESIS OK? tools, utilize the detection capabilities of the OESIS Framework to give insights to the applications installed on the endpoint computer.

Among the highlights of the report was the announcement that Microsoft, AVG and Symantec were the top three antivirus vendors detected in North America. Microsoft increased its market share from OPSWAT’s previous antivirus report to surpass Symantec and become the North American leader. AVG held steady in the second position, and Symantec fell to third. Worldwide, the top three antivirus vendors detected were Avast, AVG and Avira.

“Users continue to show us that they are drawn to free solutions,” said Jeff Garon, Director of Marketing at OPSWAT. “In North America and globally, each of the top three antivirus applications is a free product.” Microsoft Security Essentials is the top antivirus product both in North America and worldwide.

OPSWAT also reported that Windows 7 usage continues to increase in North America and worldwide, showing a steady trend away from Windows Vista. In both North America and worldwide Windows XP remains the dominant Windows operating system.

The top three worldwide IM applications, as detected in this report, are Windows Live Messenger, Skype and Yahoo! Messenger. Elisse Lockhart, who manages the OPSWAT Certification Program, commented, “Our data shows that over 80% of the IM market is controlled by the top three vendors, with Windows Live Messenger leading with a 40% share.” The report notes that it does not account for web-based instant messaging services such as Google Chat or Facebook.

Please contact marketing@opswat.com for more information regarding this report. Application vendors interested in adding their applications to the OESIS Framework are invited to partner with OPSWAT through the free OPSWAT Certification Program.

For more information about OPSWAT, the OESIS Framework, and OPSWAT Certification, please visit http://www.opswat.com.

Founded in 2002, OPSWAT is the industry leader in software management SDKs, interoperability certification and multiple-engine scanning solutions. With both software manageability and multi-scanning products, OPSWAT offers simplified and comprehensive SDKs that reduce time and costs for your engineering and testing teams. OPSWAT delivers: OESIS Framework, an open development framework that enables software engineers to develop products that manage thousands of third-party software applications; Multi-scanning products including Metascan, MetaDefender for Media, MetaDefender Threat Analyzer and MetaDefender for Secure Access, which optimize several anti-malware engines to scan for viruses simultaneously; Filterbit, a free online demo of MetaDefender Threat Analyzer for scanning suspicious files; and AppRemover, a free utility that enables the complete uninstallation of antivirus applications.


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