Microsoft Security Essentials fails security testing

By on January 17, 2013
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Scored low for second time in a row.

Microsoft Security Essentials, the free security and antivirus program for Windows, has failed to be certified as an effective program for the second time in a row.

In independent tests conducted by, the company tested various leading antivirus and security programs to measure just how effective they were against viruses and trojan attacks. MSE and two other antivirus programs failed the tests, with MSE failing for the second time in a row. The tests grade programs out of 18 points, with the passing score being 11; MSE scored 10. In the ‘Protection’ category, MSE scored 1.5 out of 6, for Repair it scored 3 out of 6, and for Usability it scored 5.5 out of 6.

Other Antivirus suites that failed the tests were AhnLab which scored 8.5, and PC Tools Internet Security also scored a 10.

(Source: AV-TEST)


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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