Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Dec 2010 22:06 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows While Microsoft's Security Essentials has been very well received because of its small footprint and unobtrusive nature, it didn't always rank among the very top when it came to its detection rates. Overall, I'd still say it's one of the best antivirus tools. Now, with version 2.0, Microsoft has improved the detection mechanisms, but of course, it'll take some tests before we can see how effective they are.
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overrated
by DaFreak on Sat 18th Dec 2010 10:13 UTC
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2008-04-08

"it didn't always rank among the very top" ?

Nah, it always rank among the latest place!
http://www.chip.de/artikel/Microsoft-Security-Essentials-Test_43525... Last place on an actual test in June 2010. I don't think that it's far better with this new version.

If you care about detection rate and speed you won't trust MSE.

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RE: overrated
by lucas_maximus on Sat 18th Dec 2010 10:36 in reply to "overrated"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

"it didn't always rank among the very top" ?

Nah, it always rank among the latest place!
http://www.chip.de/artikel/Microsoft-Security-Essentials-Test_43525... Last place on an actual test in June 2010. I don't think that it's far better with this new version.

If you care about detection rate and speed you won't trust MSE.


I can't read German but the article you sited seems to go counter to this,

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/01/ms_security_essentials_revi...

"MSSE was able to detect 536,535 samples what's a very good detection score of 98.44 per cent."

"In case of the ad-/spyware testset, MSSE detected 12,935 out of 14,222 samples what's a detection score of 90.95 per cent."

However the article does say that it falls short in dynamic detection

"We have then tested the dynamic (behavior-based) detection with a few recently released malware samples which are not yet detected by heuristics, signatures or the "in the cloud" features. We found no effective "dynamic detection" features in place. None of the samples were detected based on their (suspicious) behavior. However, other AV-only offerings doesn't include dynamic detection features either, in most cases they are only available in the Internet Security Suites editions of the products."

However I think the important bit is at the end of that quote, It falls short in this area if you compare it to fully paid versions of other products, as opposed to a free one.

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RE[2]: overrated
by lemur2 on Sat 18th Dec 2010 11:24 in reply to "RE: overrated"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"MSSE was able to detect 536,535 samples what's a very good detection score of 98.44 per cent."


That is pretty good, considering that there were two million new pieces of malware for Windows that have emerged in just these last 12 months. If a Windows system with MSE encounters a threat on average once every three days, then with a little bit of luck it could last up to a year perhaps before it fell to a threat that got past MSE.

Oh dear.

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