Microsoft faces a significant PR battle today as test results from an independent research firm makes claims in the competition’s favor. Of course when we say competition, that could mean from other top alternative desktop operating systems such as Linux. But more immediately, it shows how Microsoft’s Security Essentials stacks up against the other industry leaders in the anti-virus/malware racket.
The tests, performed by the highly regarded AV-TEST Institute, claims that in malware tests, Microsoft’s product scored significantly lower than other products, such as McAfee. Luckily for McAfee, it’s namesake doesn’t directly influence the quality or stability of the product. I would certainly be humorous if your anti-virus software was on the run. So, how bad are the scores? On 0-day malware attacks, Microsoft scored a paltry 71 percent score, against an industry standard 92 percent. The percentage difference is large enough to allow itself into a bar and have a drink; a hefty 21%.
Microsoft claims that the malware used to exploit the systems running Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 have only affected 0.0033% of users, and considers the threat minor. Though it should be noted that Microsoft’s ability to provide such a number leads us to conclude that they’ve been aware of the possible threats and could have taken action as quickly as the competition. They call their testing of claims made by AV-TEST a “rigorous review of the results” and say they are committed to resolving the percentage to 0. Best of luck.