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[W7N] Microsoft Security Essentials Scores Low on AV-Test

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The AV-Test consists of 22 anti-virus programs on Windows 7. The test is said to determine just how good your program is and each program requires a minimum score of 11 out of 18 possible to pass. So, where did Microsoft’s Security Essentials v2.0? Unfortunately, for Microsoft, MSE came out of the test with only a score of 11.5.

The three areas of testing were: Protection, Repair and Usability. According to AV-Test the definitions for such are:

The “Protection†covers static and dynamic malware detection, including real-world 0-Day attack testing. In case of “Repairâ€, we check the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail. The “Usability†testing includes the system slow-down caused by the tools and the number of false positives.

Microsoft’s Security Essentials did pretty well except in the area of zero-day attacking, where it scored a 2.5. Repair was 3.5 and Usability was 5.5. I have personally been using Security Essentials for a while and have never had a problem, but it never hurts to be constantly evaluating your PC’s protection to make sure that you don’t have any issue’s where it can be easily avoided.
I used to be a solid MSE user. I'm starting to have doubts........

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Personally, I find these results highly suspect. The products for which you pay are all at the top of the list (in fact, the ones that are most expensive) and free versions are at the bottom. This is coincidentally just when the industry starts marketing that free products are inadequate. I also find it hard to believe that MSE took such a nose dive in zero day exploit protection in one month....
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I was thinking about that, too. There are a lot of fake av review sites.
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wasn't it just a few months ago when MSE was rated among one of the best AV programs?
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In my experience MSE has less false positives and better protection than any other antivirus I've tried...
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Well MSE is a huge threat to all the AV programs free and paid.

Remember firewalls? Yeah that used to be a staple software business before MS integrated a firewall into Windows. At first it was integrated but disabled by default then it was eventually enabled by default. Hopefully MS does the same with MSE.
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Yesterday MSE flagged down a Trojan .apk file that was long tucked away on my external hard drive. Which means it detected a malicious program made to be installed and used on Android phones, so it's not checking just for threats for Windows. Pretty sweet of it if you ask me.
    
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I was thinking about that, too. There are a lot of fake av review sites.
http://www.networksolutions.com/whoi...ch/av-test.org

The website was registered in 2000 so I doubt that it was just made to spite MSE.

It isn't uncommon for AV's to do great one month and then have a bad month. Protection against zero day attacks is very dependent on how quickly your AV developers pushes out an update. Some of the AV's have "push" updates which really helps combat zero day exploits. MSE doesn't have this feature.


IMO: MSE is good, but it seems to lag behind other AV's out there. It isn't just this one site that shows MSE lagging behind either. Something to keep in mind is the age of MSE. It is quite new compared to many other AV's. )I know it is based off of previous products, but even then it is young)
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Yesterday MSE flagged down a Trojan .apk file that was long tucked away on my external hard drive. Which means it detected a malicious program made to be installed and used on Android phones, so it's not checking just for threats for Windows. Pretty sweet of it if you ask me.
could that not mean it thought the .apk was a windows trojan?
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MSE is quiet. Quiet enough that I never know it's running. That's what I like about it.

MSE, combined with a knowledge of how to computer, is really all anyone needs.
    
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