Skip to comments.Microsoft Security Essentials misses 39% of malware in Dennis test
Posted on 12/21/2013 6:39:43 PM PST by Utilizer
Dennis Publishing's security labs saw Microsoft Security Essentials fail to detect 39% of the real-world malware thrown at it.
Dennis Technology Labs (DTL) tested nine home security products on a Windows 7 PC, including Security Essentials, which is distributed free to Windows users and built into Windows 8 in the form of Windows Defender.
While the other eight packages all achieved protection scores of 87% or higher - with five scoring 98% or 99% - Microsoft's free antivirus software protected against only 61% of the malware samples used in the test.
Norton Internet Security received the strongest protection rating in DTL's tests, detecting 99% of the malware used. Taking into account false positives against legitimate software, Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 provided the best overall level of protection.
(Excerpt) Read more at pcpro.co.uk ...
The site has links to view the developed data, but be warned that there are a lot of adware and tracking thingys on it (ghostery reports 14 of them) so you are warned.
MSSE is a decent, free AV product if you keep your systems patched. As the commenters of the original article said, this test is not valid because they used unpatched systems.
IMHO, Comodo is among the best.
VM use and system restore points are your friends.
And it takes ten times longer to miss it.
Of course it is. *smirk* And Outlook, Outlook Express, and Hotmail are just innocent victims of circumstances as well.
Well, it is free. :-D
*wipes tears from eyes* Thanks for the laugh! (still chuckling)
Beats nothing at all which is what most people use.
Do tell what you recommend.
LINUX. *grin*. At least a decade of use with absolutely no viruses, rootkits, adware, or any other type of malware whatsoever. (actually more than a decade but no bloody way I will ever post exactly what I use or possess on any online site or email. S'truth!
No single software catches everything.
That is why I have multiple programs in use.
All I’ve used since it came out.
Never a problem.
I used to use knoppix from a cd with no hard drive for my home use.
At work, we used a lot of CentOS/Redhat for servers.
We ran windows on VMs. Just click reset and the problems go away.
Linux is not completely secure either. Although, I agree that it tends to be more secure than windows.
That you know about. What you don’t know is that your PC has invited millions to help a deposed Nigerian pol get his money out of the country....
How did Linux do?
No deposed Nigerian pol ever did as much harm as imposed American ones have...
I used to run the Trend Micro free scan but I don’t see that available anymore.
Any one know of good free online scans?
There is a lovely little app called "partimage" that can rescue you from quite a few problems indeed. It is included on many linux distros or can be installed with just a few mouse clicks from the software installer app (in linux).
I use it from a bootable "System Rescue CD" live disc for any OS I use, including various versions of 'doze for the specialized apps that have not yet been ported to linux.
The app "gparted" (gnuparted) allows you to resize, add and delete more partitions, change and format partition filetypes, and check them for errors. Using 'partimage', I save the OS I am using to an image (not vid- or photo- type image) file and copy it to optical disk straight off, then if any problems develop later on I simply reboot and use the live cd and then restore the default system from a previous state, and check the restored partition with gparted.
Reboot, remove the ejected disc to boot from the hard drive, and I am back and up in no time. Absolutely no worries.
And yes, that includes any and all versions of 'doze, from at least Win7 down through '95bOSR2 from personal experience.
System restore is your friend? Maybe, but not mine. It let me down countless times.
Now I use Acronis with 2X day full system backup plus weekly, plus data only backups. Restored my system many times with it to different HDDs. Prolly still $49.95
Yes, I hear that acronis is good.
We used to use scheduler to kick off ghost to create backups.
We would also use a cron job on our linux systems to dd partitions.
System restore is what I have my mom do so she doesn’t nuke her system all the time.
I think I will get her a mac this year. :-D
We had the same sort of rescue disks. Most of the time we just used the gparted gui to create partitions and create lvms. Sometimes we would just do things old school with FDISK.
For backups we would often just dd partitions raw image or use a boot disk with ghost on it.
Anyhow, I am a fan of the ix. I like macs too. But, as long as windows dominates the desktop environment we will have to deal with its more plentiful security vulnerabilities. Using vms and resetting them from time to time worked for us.
—Norton— was the best?? Really??
Not buying it.
I use Avast. I heard AVG is good too.
Unfortunately Norton will use a third of your CPU and clog up your web surfing pipeline.
A 20-foot granite wall will you keep you safe, but the view is horrible.
‘Ay, wasn’t MY test mate! Go and look at the results for yourself and judge from there. As far as I could tell, none of the testing agencies were paid for by any of the security OEMs, but I could be mistaken.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:38 AM Goodbye Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft Now Recommends You Use a Third-Party Antivirus
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender on Windows 8) was once on top. Over the years, its slid in the test results, but Microsoft argued the tests werent meaningful. Now, Microsoft is advising Windows users to use a third-party antivirus instead. This revelation comes to us from an interview Microsoft gave. Microsofts official website still bills MSE as offering comprehensive malware protection without any hint that they no longer recommend using it. Microsoft is not communicating well with its users.
Thanks. I always appreciate links. There was another link within the thread you linked to (see below). . .
Sensationalist Press Got it WRONG! Microsoft Does Not Recommend Two Antivirus Programs!
Where did they do that?
I think you saw an article that took a quote from a Microsoft person out of context.
I have been using AVG for many years. After reading the article I downloaded the trial version of Kaspersky Internet Security 2014. It is both an anti virus and anti spyware program. I uninstalled AVG and restarted my pc and installed Kaspersky. It found 5 items on my “C” drive and several others on my external drive. It also has a Network Monitor to monitor traffic to and from the pc so you know if something is phoning home to eastern europe. BTW both Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 15 are phoning home.... I hadn’t opened Office today or yesterday when I first installed Kaspersky. Must be the NSA plugin.
Kaspersky sale price for 3 pc’s is just $25 at Amazon. I have now bought it.
I am SO very, very glad that you found something that proved beneficial to you on this thread. Keep safe and trust no one. Well, at least Kaspersky for this aspect. Don’t be afraid to keep on looking out for a better product if it comes along.
This is why that, along with MS Essentials, I also run SuperAntiSpyware, AntiMalWareBytes, AVG Free, and ZoneAlarm Free.
Never had a problem with anything getting thru.
Free for a reason.
If it garnered 99% effectiveness, no doubt they would be charging for it.
Ran Malwarebytes today, found 1 problem: Trojan.VBKrypt (just that kind of trojan you mention).
still, that’s the first scan I’ve run since switching to MSE so I rate MSE ‘excellent!” for me...
Norton was the best?? Really??
Not buying it.
Norton itself is a virus.
Hate systems where it, or mcafee are installed. you can't get rid of it without wiping the system, and the system resources it requires are astounding.
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