OPSWAT’s Latest Report Shows AVAST as the Leading Antivirus Vendor Worldwide

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Summarizing data from 2011, OPSWAT's antivirus market share report announces the leading antivirus vendors and products. The report also features Windows OS usage and backup application market share.

OPSWAT's Antivirus Market Share Report

Leading Antivirus Vendors Worldwide

AVAST, Avira and AVG were the top three antivirus vendors detected worldwide.

OPSWAT released their quarterly antivirus market share report today, with an additional section featuring backup applications. The report announces 2011’s leading antivirus vendors and products in North America and worldwide, as well as Windows operating system usage in North America and worldwide. The backup section of the report shows the market share of backup vendors and products worldwide.

OPSWAT, the industry leader in software management SDKs, interoperability certification and multiple-engine malware scanning solutions, analyzed more than 192,000 opt-in reports from endpoints worldwide. The reports, generated by OPSWAT’s free AppRemover tool, utilize the detection capabilities of the OESIS Framework to give insights to the applications installed on the endpoint computer.

Among the highlights of this quarter’s report is the announcement that AVAST, Avira and AVG were the top three antivirus vendors detected worldwide. AVAST maintained its top position worldwide from OPSWAT’s 2010 data, while Avira moved up to take the second position. In North America, the top three antivirus vendors detected were Symantec, AVG and Microsoft.

“We continue to see free solutions leading the market,” said Jeff Garon, Director of Marketing at OPSWAT. “In North America and globally, free products are installed by more and more users.” This quarter’s report shows avast! Free Antivirus as the top antivirus product worldwide and Microsoft Security Essentials as the top antivirus product in North America.

OPSWAT also reported that Windows 7 usage has increased in both North America and worldwide over the past year, while usage of Windows Vista has declined. While decreasing in both North America and worldwide, Windows XP still remains the dominant Windows operating system.

In the backup section of the report, OPSWAT showed the worldwide market share by vendor and by individual product. Microsoft leads the market with Windows Backup and Restore, with Symantec and Dropbox following. Elisse Lockhart, who manages the OPSWAT Certification Program, commented, “Dropbox accounted for 14.14% of the backup products we detected in this report, making it the second most installed backup product and making Dropbox the third most installed backup vendor.”

Please contact marketing(at)opswat(dot)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 malware 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 and MetaDefender for Secure Access, which optimize several anti-malware engines to scan for viruses simultaneously (a free online demo of the Metascan antivirus API is available at http://www.metascan-online.com, a fast file scanning tool using many antivirus engines); Secure Virtual Desktop, a sandboxing solution for secure and private web browsing; and AppRemover, a free utility that enables the complete uninstallation of security applications.


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