Got any proof or are you just saying that to make IE inferior in your mind?
But even if they are shills it still doesn’t dismiss their findings.
Rule #1 of the internet is that you never, ever download an application that a web-site says you should, such as those pop-ups that say your computer has been infected with a virus.
That's social engineering. The claims here are that IE9 is the best at blocking a socially engineered application after you've clicked the "Yes" button to have such an application "scan your computer for viruses".
So, the "New and Improved" IE9 is supposed to save stupid people from themselves.
IE isn't inferior in my mind, it is inferior in fact. Anyone can cherry pick results to make a report say anything they want, especially with the testing is sponsored by the guy who you determine is the best. Ask any serious web programmer and you'll find it fairly consistent that IE does not
1 - comply with standards
3 - tries to set their own standards in order to make others comply with them.
Here's a related article which is a little less biased than the press release.