Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-Test certification

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Every two months, independent antivirus lab AV-Test will pit popular security software against real world threats and publish a report of its findings. The security suites are scrutinized and scored in terms of their protection, repair and usability. Protection refers to the ability to protect against common, recently detected or completely novel malware, also known as "zero-day" attacks, while repair relates to the ability to detect an existing malware and to thoroughly remove it.

Well, it appears that the popular Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Security Essentials has lost the AV- Test institution's seal of approval in the latest results dated Sep/Oct 2012. The AV- TEST certification is only handed out to security software that garners at least 11 out of 18 possible points, and MSE--with just 10.5 points--failed to make the cut. Ranked the lowest, it is the only one out of 24 antivirus products tested that that did not make the grade.

This poor result was attributed to Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 and 4.1's zero-day detection rate of just 64 percent compared to the industry average of 80 percent. MSE scored just 1.5 out of 6 in this category. On the other end of the scale, F-Secure Client Security topped the group with a total of 16.5 points.

For more:
- check out this article at PC Mag

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