Recently, a steady stream of reader mail shows concern about Microsoft’s consumer antivirus software’s decertification by a third-party AV testing site.
It’s important to put AV testing results into context before deciding whether it’s time to switch security tools.
Test finds MS Security Essentials inadequate
In its September/October malware test report, AV-TEST gave Microsoft’s free anti-malware utility low AV protection scores and revoked its certification of MSE. It’s not the first time MSE has fared poorly in independent antivirus tests — and probably won’t be the last.
Although I’ve recommended MSE in several stories, I’ve also written about past failures. For example, I deliberately re-created one of MSE’s most publicized early failures for the April 7, 2011, Top Story, “LizaM**n infection: a blow-by-blow account.” (I’ve obscured the name of the malware so as not to trigger hyperactive e-mail filters.)
I wrote about MSE shortcomings in the May 19, 2011, LangaList Plus item, “MSE delivers mixed results in antivirus tests,” and again in the recent Nov. 8 item, “New tests pan Microsoft Security Essentials.”
It might be worthwhile to go back and quickly reread those articles, which provide context and details I don’t have space to repeat here.