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Windows 7: MSE Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus

24 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit OEM 6.1 Build7600
MSE Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus

Anti-malware testing group not only gave Microsoft Security Essentials a top rating for malware removal, but now they've given it their best ranking in their performance test as well. ran a series of real-world tests running through common scenarios like downloading, extracting, copying, and encoding files, installing and launching applications, and they also ran through an automated testing suite as well. Once the dust had settled, it became clear that not only is MSE one of only three products that both blocks and removes malware well, but it's also very light on system resources.
Out of all the products tested, Microsoft Security Essentials was the best-performing free antivirus solution, and one of only two that received "very fast" on each of the real-world tests, earning it their top award: an "advanced+" ranking. We've been telling you for a while that you don't need to pay for Windows security, and now with MSE ranked alongside the top paid apps in both malware removal and performance, you might want to consider making the switch.
Hit the AV-Comparatives link for the full report in PDF form, or check out the PC Mag story for the overview—if you can deal with some irritating in-text ads.


Microsoft Security Essentials Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus - Malware - Lifehacker

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24 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Version 6.1 (build 7600.16385)

MSE has really developed since its first beta release.
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24 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit OEM 6.1 Build7600

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alwinwinjoe View Post
MSE has really developed since its first beta release.
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25 Dec 2009   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

I do not think that everyone should drop their current A/V to try MSE, if they are happy with their current choice. I know I'm not dropping mine. However, at the point that any windows user is looking for an A/V, the first choice should be MSE. Not because it is the best or because of good reviews, but because it was made specifically for Windows and its free. Other manufacturers have to adjust their A/V to keep everyone happy, MS has just to keep Window users happy.
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25 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

MSE is a good product, but personally I think it users are going to try a free AV, I would suggest Avast version 5. Just my opinion though, but I like it better than MSE. Better interface, more options and more configurable.
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26 Dec 2009   #6


Awesome, I droped AVG for MSE. As soon as I installed MSE it found 3 viruses so I kept it.
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26 Dec 2009   #7
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64

Nothing new there
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26 Dec 2009   #8
The Apathetic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As soon as I read about MSE here in the forums I decided to drop KIS temporarily and try it but then my bios got broken, the MB has been at maintenance since last Monday, so I haven't really tried MSE yet.. But I will certainly give it a full try as soon as my MB is back..
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28 Dec 2009   #9
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit

Don't be mislead by the term "Best Performing" It does not mean it is the best at protecting you system. That particular test was to see what effect it had on you system running various operations. You can go to AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Comparatives & Reviews and check all their test results and then choose the one you like. Also check out another testing group.

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28 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7
Microsoft Security Essentials Best ???

It may do all you say. However, unless I'm mistaken the report I read said it didn't cover email program?? Does that mean you need 2 AV programs? (Something I understand not recommended) Until that point is cleared I intend to stick with my long term Avast which works for me.
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