Independent testing lab AV-Test.org
has published one of the first reviews of Microsoft Security Essentials, Redmond's freebie anti-virus package.
The software earned favorable comparison with other free packages, such as AVG and Avast. Detection rates were respectable and the product scored plaudits in avoiding false positives, a perennial problem for anti-virus scanner where legitimate files are detected as potentially malign and put into quarantine, sometimes hobbling systems in the process.
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