Most tech savvy users have their personal favorite when it comes to antivirus software. Be it security software from Kaspersky, Symantec, Trend Micro, AVG, Avira or Avast: everyone seems to have a favorite that they recommend to other userswhen asked about the best antivirus solution.
Lately, Microsoft has joined the ranks of recommended antivirus solutions with its security software Microsoft Security Essentials.
The latest test by independent security researchers AV-Comparatives confirms that Microsoft has developed a solid security software for the Windows operating system. The latest test concentrated on virus and malware removal capabilities of selected free and commercial antivirus products.
The test itself pitted sixteen different security products against ten malware samples. Six of the sixteen security software programs received an advanced plus rating. Among them Microsoft's Security Essential product which was also the only free product to score the highest rating and one of three that scored a good rating in the two tested fields removal of malware and removal of leftovers.
While the test certainly does not make Microsoft Security Essentials the best free antivirus software that is currently available as Lee described it over at the Download Squad, it certainly can be seen as an indicator that Microsoft has delivered a quality software program for the Windows operating system.
The test results are available as a pdf report on the AV Comparatives website.
It needs to be noted that the test looked at the removal of malware and leftovers more than it tested program capabilities against a large set of malicious programs. While it is great if a program can remove malware and leftovers properly on the system, it does not help you a lot if its detection engine is not overly good.
Update: Microsoft Security Essentials / Windows Defender did not do as well in the most recent test. It scored 75 out of 100 possible points which puts it in the lower half of tested programs. The program that did the best was from Bitdefender followed by products from AVG, BullGuard, Kasperky and eScan.
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