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About AV certification vendors

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) provides the antimalware research expertise that powers many Microsoft security products and services, such as System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials. These products have received multiple awards from industry recognized testing organizations and standard bodies.

There are many awards and certification programs across the IT security industry. Detailed below are some of the most widely recognized programs and testing bodies.

"AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing…"
"The AV-TEST Institute is a leading international…"
"ICSA Labs provides third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products…"