Microsoft Security Essentials bombs tests, loses AV-Test certificate

By Rick
Nov 29, 2012
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  1. Adnel

    Adnel TS Rookie

    Well, quoting sure sucks here, lol. I didn't write that.

    Avast: Right click on TaskBar icon, select Silent Gaming mode... forget for 1 year... and as usual, be careful, no solution is perfect.[/quote]

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Enthusiast Posts: 154

    The only time I recommended MSE, was to AVG goers. otherwise I always used either Avast or Avira. Avira's advertising made me stop using the program mind-you.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    How exactly would you even go about creating a mess like that, let alone having it happen, "accidentally"?
  4. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    We liked it back when it did work, and are just now finding out that it doesn't cut it anymore. That's why this is disappointing, but you knew that ;)
  5. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,026   +154

    I used to love avg 2013 antivirus free edition but lately virus definition updates always fail so I uninstalled and switched to avast antivirus free edition.
  6. jcarr11

    jcarr11 TS Rookie

    I use malware bytes pro and MSE and I never have a problem and they do not hog resources. Malware is only 25 a year very worth it
  7. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    Your protection is bad and you should feel bad...
  8. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Lol, and here I haven't used virus protection for about 3 years. :eek:
    I can't believe how many people here use it. And multiple types at once too!
    I'm just careful I guess. :p
  9. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,110   +45

    I've become accustom to installing MSSE and Malwarebyte's Antimalware. I will do a once a month scan with it, and I actually have a paid version of it too, but dont like to keep it running. I leave MSSE running on the other hand during all times as a light layer of protection. Sometimes I'll download Spybot Anti Spyware, but I find certain aspects of its protection annoying.
    NTAPRO likes this.
  10. spin26

    spin26 TS Rookie

  11. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 281   +32

    Maybe they did not update the virus definition of MSE before performing the test :p
  12. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,933   +126 Staff Member

    I'm after a completely nag-free solution.
    You would be afraid of how many systems I find, where either the paid license expired and the users does nothing (even tho she is prompted on every system bootup to do something about it!)
    That's why I used Symantec Corporate Antivirus at work, it is nag-free and we have a license, so it never expires.
    But it is such a bad resource hog that I began switching systems over to MSE...

    Thank you, you are indeed correct, I tried to word my post very carefully :)
    Infact I think this is the best Antivirus, it is what I use for my own computers at home :D
  13. I have used most if the free antivirus programs. Avira is the best one I have used. It found stuff the others didn't. I used to have Norton 360. It wasn't as good as Avira free edition.
  14. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    Aw. >_> Don't really feel like calling a hundred people to tell them to uninstall it xD
  15. marinkvasina

    marinkvasina TS Enthusiast Posts: 262   +9

    So basicly what you're saying, you can't use the best free AV solution because you have to spend 10 seconds every 12 months to register it?
    What has this world come to...
  16. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,933   +126 Staff Member

    I don't have a problem with it.
    But tell that to the users that do this instead, it is beyond me.
    They come to me with a computer having viruses, 50% of the time the Antivirus has expired and they did nothing to fix it
    The other 50% the Antivirus happens to be an old version of Norton Antivirus.
    That's why I prefer a 100% nag-free solution like MSE...
  17. Stop yamning everyone, there is no best AV or silver bullet against virus/malware.. if you want AV with better protection, subscribe one.. then, subscribe MBAM pro for another extra security
  18. fyrfaktry

    fyrfaktry TS Rookie

    That's wierd. Some of the worst infected computers I have worked on had Kaspersky on them...
  19. valentyn0

    valentyn0 TS Rookie

    Bullshit review, have MSE since w7 came out, no problems at all (combined with Malwarebytes software is unbeatable) !!
  20. marinkvasina

    marinkvasina TS Enthusiast Posts: 262   +9

    That kind of species should be eliminated from this planet.
    There is no nag-free solution that actually has decent protection.

    Note: paying for AV-solutions does not increase security at all (where free options are available), excluding the one that topped this test.
  21. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Enthusiast Posts: 282   +33

    IMHO, with each release of some products, M$ has dumbed them down, made them worse, and then tells their customers that the programs are now improved.

    That happened years ago with the help in Visual Studio. It used to produce exceptionally relevant results when searching for something. However, they turned that search into an "OR" search that produced volumes of irrelevant results, and somehow, the development world accepted this as "better."

    Personally, I hope that either 1, the testing of MSE in this instance was flawed, or 2, M$ will devote the attention to MSE that it deserves.

    Being somewhat cynical, though, MSE is a "free" product that other companies sell and, apparently, make a profit from. Without a proven profit path for MSE, I would expect that the business justification for maintaining it properly is almost non-existent.
  22. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    LOL valentyn0
    Good job with the reading words. The article states that this is a new development, and that is why there is so much discussion in this thread.
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  23. CeCeSam

    CeCeSam TS Rookie

    Thank you! You are right. I was unaware the others "Nag" since I have never used them. I have MSE on 2 older household PC's & 1 Laptop (upon advice from repair person AFTER earlier version of Norton failed to prevent/resolve something!), and a newer version of Norton (I presume) on newest Laptop. My concern presently is whether to renew Norton or not, with past experiences? You have ALL been SO HELPFUL!
  24. penn919

    penn919 TS Enthusiast Posts: 160   +12

    How would you know you aren't infected if you don't use any anti-virus?
  25. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 310   +62

    Well that's disappointing. MSE was the best out there if you wanted a good antivirus that wouldn't hassle you all the time.
  26. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Enthusiast Posts: 117

    I'm confused. What are you trying to say?

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