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Microsoft Security Essentials, Users Like It, Testers Hate It

I learn a lot from Redmond Report readers. One case is Security Essentials, a free antivirus program that you all seem to generally like.

One organization that doesn't like it is AV-Test, a security test shop. AV-Test compared the Microsoft tool against other free tools and found it sorely wanting. In fact, it only picked up on 64 percent of zero-day exploits. When the attacks have been out for a while Security Essentials handles 90 percent. That might be an A in high school, but it is an F in security.

A tool with this kind of result is better than no tool, but far from optimal.

Meanwhile three different posters to our original article report good results with Security Essentials. Go figure.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/12/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 Clyde Alpert Chicago, IL

I've moved several clients from MS Sec Ess to GFI's Managed Antivirus and often find trojans sitting on PCs that Sec Ess did not detect. Conclusive for me.

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 Editor

@MCC, the link has been fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.
-- Chris Paoli, Redmond Associate Web Editor

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 MCC Illinois

It would be nice if we could read the original article. The link is wrong.

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