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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials Outperforms Paid Antivirus in AV Test

21 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
Microsoft Security Essentials Outperforms Paid Antivirus in AV Test

A recent test performed by an AV testing firm suggests that customers are better off running Microsoft’s free security solution for Windows instead of wasting the money on paid antivirus which Microsoft Security Essentials end up outperforming.

NSS Labs tested no less than 10 security products including: AVG Internet Security 9, ESET Smart Security 4, F-Secure Internet Security 2010, Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Security Essentials, Normal Security Suite, Panda Internet Security 2011, Sunbelt VIPRE Antivirus Premium 4, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 and Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security. (via Forbes)

NSS Labs tested the solutions enumerated above in both malware blocking and exploit blocking scenarios.

“Overall, the Trend Micro and McAfee products are well ahead of most of the competition in protecting against web-based socially-engineered malware.

“F-Secure also ranked fairy high. Perhaps surprisingly, Microsoft Security Essentials, a free product, ranked higher than half of the competition (paid products), including Symantec’s market leading product,” NSS Labs wrote in the report.

Microsoft Security Essentials managed to block 75% of all malware thrown against it, and some 60% of the exploits it came across.

For this, NSS Labs put Microsoft Security Essentials on top of solutions from Panda, Symantec, Kaspersky, Eset and AVG.

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security blocked 90.1% of all malware to nab the first spot, despite having stopped only 19% of exploits.

McAfee Internet Security is runner up with an 85.2% malware blocking score and 73% for exploit blocking, followed by F-Secure Internet Security 2010 in the third position with 80.4% and 75%.

“In general most product protection declined slightly over the last twelve months, with a couple of exceptions. McAfee was the only product to significantly improve (+3.6%). The biggest declines were posted by AVG and Kaspersky at 18.5% and 16.5%, respectively. Even top performer Trend Micro slipped 6%,” NSS Labs stated.

MSE bested Panda Internet Security 2011 with 73.1% malware detection, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 with 72.3%, Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 with 71.3%, ESET Smart Security 4 with 60% and AVG Internet Security 9 with 54.8%.

“Socially engineered malware attacks trick users into downloading and running malicious programs disguised as movie files, codecs, and other utilities.

“This web-based vector represents over 50% of the malware in circulation today. Detecting and preventing threats continues to be a challenge as criminals become more aggressive."

“Anti-virus researchers detect 50,000 new malicious programs per day on average, and malware proliferation statistics for 2009 and 2010 show an acceleration of this trend,” NSS Labs said.

Microsoft Security Essentials is available for download here.
Source: Microsoft Security Essentials Outperforms Paid Antivirus in AV Test - Softpedia

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21 Oct 2010   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

One more reason to use MSE.
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21 Oct 2010   #3


I use MSE, having said still only detects 75% of malware, so there is still room for improvement. That said, using MSE is still better than the likes of AVG etc. The report is worth reading but should also be a dig in the ribs to paid AV providers to get focussed or lose public confidence in their products.
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21 Oct 2010   #4

windows 7 Ultimate x86

Good to hear, yeah 1 more reason to use MSE...i have been using for quite some time & it has done a good job so far...apart from the results other good reason is its completely FREE which most of us look for & its resource usage is also very low another plus point for MSE...

Thnx Crispy for the article, this will help & motivate others to try MSE with little doubts in their mind...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 32bit RTM

still using eset !
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21 Oct 2010   #6

ultimate 64 sp1

it seems every day a different report comes out that has different results.

for example, yesterday (i think it was) a report came out criticizing mse for its lack of 'self-defense'.

it's so hard to find the 'truth' these days.

anyway, i'm an mse user too - i only have minor issues with it, and in fact i switched to it from a legit kis 2010, as kaspersky had an unfortunate side effect with my current fave game, bad company 2. i believe they have fixed it now, but i'm in no hurry to go back.
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21 Oct 2010   #7


I guess you can always pick holes in any AV or any other program....Don't forget.."There's lies, damn lies and statistics" !!!! The main thing is, to make sure you have at least got some form of AV protection..
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21 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)

I'm using BitDefender atm and now I am thinking off going MSE.
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21 Oct 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

MSE and Avast, made to work together
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21 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Still use KIS2011, won't ever use MSE again
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