Microsoft Virus Initiative

The Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI) helps organizations to get their products working and integrated with Windows.

MVI members receive access to Windows APIs and other technologies including IOAV, AMSI, and Cloud files. Members also get malware telemetry and samples and invitations to security-related events and conferences.

Become a member

You can request membership if you're a representative for an organization that develops and produces antimalware or antivirus technology. Your organization must meet the following requirements to qualify for the MVI program:

  1. Offer an antimalware or antivirus product that meets one of the following criteria:

    • Your organization's own creation.
    • Developed by using an SDK (engine and other components) from another MVI Partner company and your organization adds a custom UI and/or other functionality.
  2. Have your own malware research team unless you build a product based on an SDK.

  3. Be active and have a positive reputation in the antimalware industry.

    • Activity can include participation in industry conferences or being reviewed in an industry standard report such as AV Comparatives, OPSWAT, or Gartner.
  4. Be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Microsoft.

  5. Be willing to sign a program license agreement.

  6. Be willing to adhere to program requirements for antimalware apps. These requirements define the behavior of antimalware apps necessary to ensure proper interaction with Windows.

  7. Submit your app to Microsoft for periodic performance testing.

  8. Certified through independent testing by at least one industry standard organization.

Test Provider Lab Test Type Minimum Level / Score
AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Test
“Approved” rating from AV Comparatives
AV-Test Must pass tests for Windows. Certifications for Mac and Linux aren't accepted
Achieve "AV-TEST Certified" (for home users) or "AV-TEST Approved” (for corporate users)
ICSA Labs Endpoint Anti-Malware Detection
NSS Labs Advanced Endpoint Protection AEP 3.0, which covers automatic threat prevention and threat event reporting capabilities
“Neutral” rating from NSS
SKD Labs Certification Requirements Product: Anti-virus or Antimalware
SKD Labs Star Check Certification Requirements Pass >= 98.5% with On Demand, On Access and Total Detection tests
SE Labs Protection A rating or Small Business EP A rating or Enterprise EP Protection A rating
Home or Enterprise “A” rating
VB 100 VB100 Certification Test V1.1
VB100 Certification
West Coast Labs Checkmark Certified
“A” Rating on Product Security Performance

Apply now

If your organization meets these criteria and is interested in joining, apply for membership now. For questions, contact us for more information.