Microsoft Security Essentials Fails AV-TEST: How Much Does That Matter?

More bad news for Microsoft it seems-

Following hot on the heals of their underwhelming new operating system, Windows 8, their free antivirus solution, Microsoft Security Essentials, is now also getting a bad rep.

And to my mind, thats a concern considering how Windows 8 itself draws on a lot of MSE for its own in-built security.

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To be fair, Security Essentials only slightly missed out on being certified by AV-Test in their September/October report but that was due to problems with detecting zero day threats which could be an issue.

Considering that MSE is a free security program its probably not surprising to learn that it is widely used – it has close to 14% of the market according to OPSWAT – so you may well be someone who is now concerned and looking to change.

But should you?

Well, that really depends on the type of user you are and what exactly you do with your computer. Whilst its true that the paid security solutions generally fare better in these tests thats not to say that they are required by everyone – heck, some people run no antivirus (not recommended) and still don’t get infected.

Will you ditch MSE because it hasn’t fared so well in an independent test or do you still think its good enough to protect you PC? I’d love to know what you think…

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Comments

  1. I always knew that Microsoft Security Essentials wasn’t the best. I use ESET myself, but Eset is no longer the best either. BitDefender and Bullguard have always scored better than both. However for free, I would rather use MSE than AVG, which I personally have seen as the most common Antivirus in use when PC’S are infected. I’ve seen many demonstrations of hackers getting right past Microsoft Security Essentials as well, although it does a fairly good job of quarantining well-known malware. I really think the truth of this story is that the AntiVirus companies foresee a big problem and that is that Microsoft is now including AntiVirus in the Operating System, and this is going to no-doubt severley hurt the business of so many antivirus companies as well as AV Testers. I would guess that this has something to do with AV-test not certifying MSE any longer.

    • I totally agree with what you say about MSE>AVG and I’ve had the same experience regarding infected machines.

      Thats an interesting view you have on the AV companies and Windows 8 and I agree to a point. I think educated users may think twice about sticking with the in-built security as that will surely get targeted but the average user may well be tempted away from the paid solutions which will undoubtedly have an large impact on many a bottom line.

    • I think AVG and MSE are both over rated and both have low detection rates
      I would pick avast! over any of them though I use eset and I like it very much

      Eset sure has lower detection than bitdefender and bullguard but is lighter thna both of them. Bitdefender is ok on a new pc but on old pc’s, I think lighter av’s such as eset are best

      MSE failing the test is no surprise for me and many others … MSE was never considered reliable. I had used it and I found that it had some problems updating and scanning . Also i saw that it was nowhere in the Av-Comparatives list showing that it is a very poor av …. no offense Microsoft

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