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PC Matic Performance Miles Above The Competition

AV-Test Scores Announced

AV-Test has released its evaluation of the best home AV products tested through May and June. When you look down through the list, you’ll see us stacked against our competitors. On our page, however, AV-Test breaks down how we performed.

PC Matic always takes a hit on false positives. What does that mean? Because we work on an always deny technology, we’re always denying any unrecognized software trying to execute on your system. This is how PC Matic is different from all the other competitors out there.

Our competitors work on an always allow technology. This means they’ll allow anything to run on your machine. Which also means that new and unrecognized threats are allowed through. Once a new piece of malware hits a system, then their analysts can look at it and block it.

When testing products, most tests like AV-Test are modeled to see if those always allow lists are just happening to block legitimate technology. Since we will block something unknown, we get hit in this particular section of tests for a false positive.

To me, false positives make far more sense. It doesn’t take PC Matic analysts long to identify if the blocked software is good or bad. I’d rather wait a few minutes for that identification than be the testing ground for a new piece of malware.


AV-Test evaluated us in May and June of this year. There are two separate portions for this category.

The first portion is the “Real World Test.” This checks to see that an AV product is stopping 0-day attacks (you know, those new nasties that are being released every day) as well as email and web threats. The industry standard is 98.8% protection. In May, PC Matic scored 99.4% and in June 100%. 339 samples were used in this test.

The second portion is the AV-Test reference set. This makes sure an AV product is blocking known and prevalent threats identified within the last 4 weeks. The industry standard for this test is 100%. PC Matic scored 100% in both May and June.


The next category, Performance, is where our competitors can’t touch us. AV-Test used both a standard and high end PC to perform these tests.

The first section tests to see if we slow down your machine when launching popular websites. Industry standard is a 14% standard and 11% high end. PC Matic clocked in at 7% and 8% respectively

Next was slowing down frequently used applications. This means, do we slow down the programs you use on your computer just by having us installed? Industry standard for both machines is 1% and PC Matic clocked in at 0%. We have 0 interruption to loading your favorites.

Third is slowdown of standard software. Industry standard is 12% on standard PCs and 9% on high end PCs. PC Matic 6% and 5% respectively.

The fourth category tested to see if your AV was giving you slower installation on frequently used applications. Industry standard for a standard PC is 27% with PC Matic scoring 10%, and a high end PC industry standard is 22% with PC Matic clocking in at 10%.

Finally, the last test measured to see if there was a slower copying of files. Industry standard on a standard PC is 2% and on a high end is 6%. PC Matic scored 2% and 0% respectively.

In only one of the sections did we match industry standards. In every other section, we more than exceeded performance at a far lower percentage than our competitors.


This is where the test looks for false positives. Since all other AVs work on an always allow system, the test is set up for that system. It’s like saying you’re going to see which fruit is the best, lining up a bunch of different apples, and then also judging the orange against them.

That being said, for the section on False warnings when visiting websites, the industry standard is 0 and we also scored 0.

The next section was for falsely detecting safe software as malware. This means they could introduce any new piece of software. Obviously, since PC Matic blocks anything unknown, we surpassed the industry standard of 16 by scoring 24 for May, but came down under industry standard in June with only 11 false positives.

We provided 1 false warning on an installation in June with industry standard being 0.

Finally, industry standard is 1 false blockage of legitimate software and we scored that in both May and June.


Overall, PC Matic’s performance is nothing to mess with. While no AV is perfect, we’ll happily take hits on the Usability portion of these tests if it means our product is different from the pack. It’s that difference that gives us the ability to keep you protected from what’s new and unseen.

Stay safe out there.

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20 thoughts on “PC Matic Performance Miles Above The Competition”

  1. You can leave your front and back doors “always closed” except to known parties, or “always open” to every thief not on the “100 Most Wanted.”

  2. You can leave your front and back doors “always closed” except to known parties, or “always open” to every thief not among the “100 Most Wanted.”
    As Granny said, “Pick yer pizen!”

  3. Michael McKenzie

    Your product performs better, cost less to operate and has never let me down.

    Thank you for your hard work protecting my computers

  4. I’ve been running a small business for 22 years. Being an old wrench turner, I was dragged into the PC/cell phone world by force. I’ve run the gamut of software A/V programs and you folks have been the absolute best since we signed on a little over a year ago. Well done!

  5. I just change over my lifetime subscription from my Dell PC with that crap windows 10 to my Imac.

    I have Norton APN and Malwarebytes and clean my mac.

    Do I really need these aps and can PC Matic replace them?

  6. Paula J Bartolomei

    I love PC Matic I’m an older person without much tech experience and everyone I have had contact with at PC Matic has been professional, kind, and helpful.

    I feel safe using this product.

  7. I have had PCMatic for several years now. These test results do not surprise me in the least, and are also indicative of the performance I have experienced. A few years ago I foolishly listened to the rumble from competitors about PCMatic being a system hog and just a system enhancing/malware search software so I discontinued using it. Needless to say, the competitors that I tried were all inefficient system hogs that allowed more than one malware/virus issue to occur. I decided that was enough, came back to PCMatic, and purchased the Evergreen license. That was the best security decision I have ever made. I strongly encourage anyone running a system that wants or needs ultimate protection against malware/ransomware/viruses to get PCMatic TODAY! The peace of mind you will get from making this decision will be rewarded. Even if you only do the yearly subscription, I’ll bet you will eventually upgrade to an Evergreen License.

  8. I love you guys ! I have come to take you for granted as I do not/have not had a problem since I started with you in your yearly days of growth. I took a leap of faith and bought a lifetime protection package and have not been disapointed once!
    Thank you
    George Helber

  9. Actually, PC-Matic’s (comparatively) poor performance on false positives is inaccurate. Unless you have set it to automatically reject all things it doesn’t recognise (can you do that? I’ve never looked – I want ME to be in charge, not a program, no matter how good) all PC-Matic does is tell you it doesn’t recognise something, then YOU make the decision as to whether it should be allowed, not the program. If you don’t recognise it, don’t allow it. Simples, no?

  10. I re-comended PC Matic to Wylie Stivers the owner of Toys Trains and Other Old Stuff an auction house in Fowler, IN.
    His email is [REDACTED]

  11. This testing is no surprise to me. You have always tested regularly and if I had a question or was just dumb as a box of rocks about the results you have always answered my questions in plain English and I have gone away with an answer. I have had no slowdowns unless I did something major during the time you were reviewing and updating the test. So I just wait a bit and it is right back running like a top. Thank you for maintaining your integrity.

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