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.
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…