Microsoft Security Essentials Receives AV-Test Certificate

Microsoft Security Essentials Receives AV-Test Certificate

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Anti-virus research and data security organization AV-Test recently spent three months testing 19 security products in the areas of protection, repair and usability. On Monday, August 16th they released the test results, and we’re excited that Microsoft Security Essentials has received another certification, this time from

According to the AV-Test Product Review and Certification Report, the "Protection" category covers static and dynamic malware detection, including testing for real-world 0-Day attacks. "Repair" evaluates the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail, which is critical for ensuring AV solutions effectively clean malware off of consumers’ computers. The "Usability" testing criteria includes the amount of system slow-down caused by the tools and the number of false positives. You can read the full set of test reports here.

As we mentioned last week, the most important validation of AV quality comes from independent certification organizations like VB100, AV-Test and others. With the current version of Microsoft Security Essentials and the new version now available in beta, our commitment remains constant: to provide security you can trust that is easy to use and provides protection that runs quietly and efficiently in the background, ensuring a great Windows user experience.

You can get the current version of Microsoft Security Essentials at no cost by visiting the Microsoft Security Essentials website here.

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  • Thank you for sharing this kind of post. I used Windows 7 beat and I have two running two pc right now and I am very happy.

  • MSE is the best Security Software so far. Must tweak registry tro get it to scan on cue.

  • w33z
    8 Posts

    Congratz! been running it on all my clients machines, switching them over from AVG to MSE =)

  • Gisabun
    8 Posts

    @Eric : Regarding the fake anti-virus junk, this stuff has been around for a while. This stuff should be detected by now. I don't think "GoodThings2L" can really send a sample. If anything, a link where a site may be active with it....

  • I used to run Trend Micro, but ever since MSSE came out, I've been using that.  I was frustrated with TM's interruptions, and have been SO glad I switched.  My landlord's Norton ran up and we switched her to MSSE and she hasn't complained one bit about it.  Congrats on another great certification on a fantastic product MS!

  • I am running the BETA on a Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit system...and it is, hands down, teh best anti-virus Internet suite, I have ever used. And I have used several over time, including Kaspersky. Good Job MSE Team!

  • JohnCz
    204 Posts

    We have MSE installed on all our computers and I've also installed it on friends/family computers.  Love it.  Although this isn't a MSE feature, I like that the Windows Home Server icon can reflect the protection status of all our home computers.

  • treize13
    12 Posts

    Very Nice, I have two computers running this right now and I am happy with it's performance. As soon as my subscription is up the rest of the computers on my home network will run MSE as well. Keep up the good work!

  • GoodThings2L - this malware has a large and ever growing number of variants. If you want to submit a sample, we will work on it. Here is the submission link:

    I also pulled up more information here:

    Realize this does not immediately solve the issue, but its a starting point. ~Eric

  • Look, I *LOVE* MSE. I run it on every computer I can possibly get my hands on. And I want to congratulate you guys on your successful AV-Test Certificates and what not lately. HOWEVER... I also want to express my deepest frustration with having had to clean off the dreaded "XP Security Antivirus" rogue software on 3 different computers this week. If you guys can't figure out how to PREVENT this virus from taking hold of a system, what good does that do those of us who fix computers on a daily basis? Help us out here! We need tools that can properly detect, protect, and remove this without having to jump through hoops.

    And don't get me wrong, I'm not saying any other AV software is better... they most certainly aren't! :) But I don't want to keep reading about ya'll patting yourselves on the back for success stories when the worst offender is still wreaking havoc.