AVAST, ESET, Symantec together control 40% of the global AntiVirus market

OPSWAT has released its quarterly market share reports for several sectors of the security industry. This quarter’s report includes both worldwide and North American market share and usage data for antivirus software and Windows Operating Systems.

Microsoft’s Security Essentials Antivirus leads the North American Market for individual products with 10% market share, a 2.5% increase since our September 2010 report. “Free” antivirus solutions also accounted for 3 of the top 4 antivirus products detected globally, as avast!

The Avast AntiVirus product line has helped AVAST Software maintain the title of number one antivirus vendor worldwide with 17.53% global market share.

ESET Software and Symantec round out the top three in global market share with 12.05% and 10.04% respectively. When comparing to the worldwide data reported in their  June 2010 report, one can see that ESET has the largest gain in market share with an increase of 6.39%.

In North America, 53 antivirus companies were detected in this report. Of those 53, 5 companies combined to control 60.74% of the antivirus market. While Symantec still controls a large part of the market, trends are moving away from paid antivirus software and towards free antivirus solutions such as those from Microsoft, AVG, and AVAST Software.

Current data shows that 58% of respondents were using a free solution, confirming the trend noted when compared to a 42% free solution share as shown in our June 2010 report.

When looking at worldwide data, the top three vendors are AVAST, ESET, and Symantec, together controlling nearly 40% of the market.

To read the full report, you can download the PDF from HERE.

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