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Microsoft Security Essentials fails AV-Test certification... again

By Rick ยท 36 replies
Jan 17, 2013
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  1. Looks like im going back to Avast + Malwarebytes. At least I can close those without uninstalling for gaming anyways.
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,757   +2,429

    It depends on who you want to believe. "Guest" posted M$'s response to the testing" They of course claim that AV-Tests are, to one extent or another, flawed or moot. Here's that link again: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2013/01/16/lessons-learned-from-the-latest-test-results.aspx

    So granted, their response is understandable. OTOH, in a commercial environment, you can use script blocking, with white listing. Since the in house staff on line are , (or should be), all LAC's, there shouldn't be an issue, as long as the extra level of security is maintained. Then there's site blocking and filtering. I know you know these things, but think of all the fun we'll have as soon as anybody, (in this case me), mentions the big "C-word" (*)!

    (*) censorship.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,408   +3,422

    I figured I would mention, I purposely clicked a link tonight that I knew would more than likely infect my PC. After a minute or two MSE was giving a small popup in the bottom right of Desktop. At first it appeared that MSE had removed the threat, but that wasn't the case. MSE continued to give the small popup. After manually running MSE and Malwarebytes scans, the threat remained. Instead of wasting further time on this infection I purposely give myself, I booted into safe Mode and fell back on a System Restore Point. MSE may not have removed the threat, but the threat was identified which allowed me to remove it fairly quickly. And for me and my needs, that is all I ask for.
  4. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    I'm all up for having some sort of Av solution, but I prefer the one that doesn't slow down noticeably my hard drive. It therefore needs to be a light AV solution. I used to like MSE but lately it kinda makes my hard drive work too hard, and now this not really being protected thing.
  5. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    Does anybody know F-Prot?
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,005   +661

    After last years fail, I went to Avast Free. It's decent.
  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,005   +661

    You could do online scans instead of installing full programs.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,005   +661

    Microsoft bought McAfee.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,757   +2,429

    Is McAfee still in jail?
    learninmypc likes this.
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,484   +376

    When? I don't see it mentioned
  11. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,005   +661

  12. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Addict Posts: 239   +106

    Only thing microsoft has ever released that was a good security program was "microsoft antispyware" before they ended up naming it windows defender. that program found a lot of bad things on my computer, things that spybot ad aware webroot and pc tools missed. after they changed to windows defender it never detected anything once. I've used msse a handful of times and it has never found anything either and from these last 2 articles I've been reading about them failing it doesn't suprise me. lastly im suprised avg beat avast this time around.

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