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19 Oct 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Study Finds Microsoft’s Free Antivirus As Effective As Symantec’s...

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Study Finds Microsoft’s Free Antivirus As Effective As Symantec’s Norton

When Microsoft began offerings its antivirus software for free in June of last year, Symantec scoffed. “Microsoft is two to four years behind,” one of the company’s engineers told Network World.

In fact, catching up to the world’s largest antivirus firm seems to have taken Microsoft just one. Test results released Tuesday by the independent testing firm NSS Labs showed that Microsoft’s Security Essentials equalled and by some measures outperformed the majority of paid security software including Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2010 in protecting consumers’ computers from malicious software.

In NSS’s test, Symantec’s software detected 72.3% of malware installed on test systems while Microsoft’s found 75%, though Symantec edged past Microsoft in “exploit prevention,” software designed to stop the attacks that invisibly install that malware. In NSS’s exploit prevention test, Symantec stopped 64% of exploits, while Microsoft stopped 60%.




Overall, NSS rated both companies’ software as “neutral,” along with competing companies like Kaspersky and Sunbelt Software. Software from antivirus firms McAfee, Trend Micro, and F-Secure received “recommend” ratings, while two companies that detected 60% of malware or less, ESET and AVG, received “caution” ratings.
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Study Finds Microsoft’s Free Antivirus As Effective As Symantec’s Norton - Andy Greenberg - The Firewall - Forbes

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19 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

MSE is great, and getting better with every update.
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19 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Mcafee and Trend Micro being listed under recommended is insane. Those two are the last things I would ever install on my system.
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19 Oct 2010   #4

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I tried to find what platform these test were performed on. I thougt i saw some where is was run on XP Pro SP3.
i wonder if that would effect the results?
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19 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I would rather believe on the word of guys around here, that actually had some previous experience with particular AV in longer terms. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that results aren't true, but too much variations in every companies tests, one is saying one thing, another something else...kind of confusing. That said, I would go first with Macrium and imaging, then with AV.
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19 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antharr View Post
Mcafee and Trend Micro being listed under recommended is insane. Those two are the last things I would ever install on my system.
We run Trend micro at work and it's been solid as a rock, no update problems, no outrageous system resource usage, no outbreaks on the network. It gets a bad rap...but as a commercial user, I've been very pleased.
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19 Oct 2010   #7
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antharr View Post
Mcafee and Trend Micro being listed under recommended is insane. Those two are the last things I would ever install on my system.
We run Trend micro at work and it's been solid as a rock, no update problems, no outrageous system resource usage, no outbreaks on the network. It gets a bad rap...but as a commercial user, I've been very pleased.

Aren't we fortunate to be able to exercise choices?
Pariahs to one person are attractive & satisfactory to another.

I agree with ppparks comment above.


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