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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.

Highlights
"VB100 comparative testing is a regular independent comparison of anti-malware solutions."
"The Checkmark Certification programs validate the functionality and performance of both content and network security technologies."
"AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing…"