Hey, Microsoft Security Essentials Users – Listen Up – Test Fails

Posted by: Lightspeeds PC Repair
“Microsoft Security Essentials bombs tests, loses AV-Test certificate”

Well, well, well no real news here about Microsoft Security Essentials is there? I personally tried and tested Microsoft Security Essentials months ago on one my computers here, and uninstalled it after 2 weeks. And the reason was it would not update itself at least daily or even regularly. I’d leave the computer on for days and Microsoft Security Essentials would not check or auto update the virus definitions unless I manually updated it through the program. 4 days would go by with an old outdated def file, before I had to manually check for updates. It is critical that Anti Virus programs update AT LEAST once per day, better programs update multiple times a day which is ever better. Every once in a while MSE would auto update itself, but for the most part MSE would not, or did not auto update. Manual updates worked but would take forever to download and install.

PC computer anti virus program MUST provide real time protection. Real time protection is scanning every web page, every download every file in movement on your computer and auto checking and downloading of the virus definition file daily that is critical to protecting your computer, and you! 10,000 plus new computer viruses hit the internet on a daily basis. If your anti virus does not update frequently, daily or more, you and your computer is going to be in trouble fairly soon.
Microsoft Security Essentials bombs tests, loses AV-Test certificate – Full article
Anti Virus Tests 2012

“MSSE received a total of 10.5 out of 18 possible points, most notably falling short in zero-day malware attacks. As a point of reference, 11 points are required to receive certification. The fallen AV only received 1.5 out of 6.0 for system protection, but fared better when it came to repairing infections and usability: 3.5 and 5.5 out of 6.0, respectively.”

Microsoft Security Essentials “…………..only received 1.5 out of 6.0 for system protection”


“Thankfully, other free alternatives performed better: Avast (14 points) edged out AVG (12.5 points) and Avira (12 points), receiving above-average marks all-around. Meanwhile, Bitdefender topped payware offerings, netting an almost perfect score of 17 points.”

With Bitdefender: Internet Security 2013 scoring the highest marks 6 of 6 points for protection on these tests

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I was a Avast Free Edition user for a long time, last year decided to check out a paid anti virus which I have heard good reviews about – Eset Nod32 AntiVirus 5. I give Eset Nod32 AntiVirus 5 high marks, never had any problems the since I purchased a subscription, and installed over a year ago. Eset Nod32 AntiVirus 5 has blocked and stopped quite a bit for me during the last year. But have not picked any viruses or malware at all. Malwarebytes scan now comes up zero! Just renewed for second year with Eset Nod32 AntiVirus at $29.99. With no performance “hit” on computer either with Eset Nod32 AntiVirus 5. I’m using just the anti virus version of Eset Nod, not the full “Smart Security” package offer. Good anti virus protection is all I need, and most users to.

What makes an anti virus program that I give high marks to? An anti virus program that provides good overall protection and computer security, AND one that is not bloated with extra non needed features that “suck the life” out of the performance of the computer. And Eset Nod32 Anti Virus 5 is the best one so far for me. Next to Eset Nod32 is Avast Anti Virus.
The “stay away” from anti virus list is now:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Norton Security (if your computer has problems with performance, remove Norton)
  • Mcafee (if your computer has problems with performance, takes forever to startup remove Mcafee)
Every computer repair tech will say the same about the above, Norton & Mcafee have “bloated” protection features, high memory with so-so protection against viruses, malware and spyware. MOst computers that comes in here have Norton and Mcafee, i remove 200+ infections off the computer. The only job they ARE doing is knocking your computers performance down big time.

Computer security programs I use: Eset Nod32 Anti Virus 5 my main real time protection, Malwarebytes Anti Malware (on demand free scanner), Spybot Search & Destroy – it’s browser immunization feature is great for firefox (on demand free scanner), SuperAntiSpyware – free version (on demand free scanner), and Ccleaner.

 o in short, Microsoft Security Essentials users, you need to unistall “MSE” and install another a better anti virus computer protecion. MSE 2 years ago score high marks on these these, but think Microsoft is to busy pushing Windows 8 (cough, cough… Vista) down everyones throats and slacking on there security program. Free anti virus programs like Avast are not bad at all, but they do lack some important features. For one most free anti virus program so not protect your email account. Mainly Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird email and email programs the same.

And since I am on the topic of computer security protection. Keeping backups at all times is critical even with a good anti virus program. Hard drives can, and do fail at ANY time. Can you affortd to loose “your life”, all your photos, documents and important data? CUSTOMERS, listeners, and readers….. PLEASE BACKUP YOUR COMPUTER! Personally tired of the look on your face when you come for service and your hard drive is dead, and you say I “NEED MY STUFF OF HARD DRIVE”. Many times it is not that easy, or will be VERY expensive, not by me, but a specialized data recovery company. In the range of $300, maybe $500+ by these data recovery company’s. How and what do I recommend as the easiest way to keep your computer data backed up? iDrive offsite automatic daily backup. Data can be recovered at any time, from anywhere even another computer, and it is cheap to! $5.99 PER MONTH, not a day, not a week, $5.99 a month keeps your important stuff backed up, safe instead of waiting for the inevitable disaster to strike. Backups are done by Mozy’s software on your computer EVERYDAY automatically. 10 minutes to install, and that is it, backups start immediately, automatically everyday!


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