Microsoft Security Essentials Fails One More Anti-Virus Test

Microsoft’s anti-virus once again gets the worst score in a new series of tests

By on February 7th, 2013 14:01 GMT

Approximately one month ago, AV-Test rolled out the results of its latest anti-virus test, revealing that Microsoft’s very own Security Essentials had failed to receive the certification.

The Redmond-based technology firm reacted quickly and contested the results, saying that they were not completely accurate and that Security Essentials was actually a pretty good piece of security software.

Today, Dennis Technology Labs revealed that Microsoft’s anti-virus had failed its own security tests, getting the worst score out of the eight major anti-virus products included in the research.

Security Essentials missed 41% of the threats, while McAfee Internet Security 2013, the seventh security product in the ranking, missed only 7 percent of the malware.

Trend Micro Internet Security 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013 and ESET Smart Security 5 are the top three anti-virus products, according to the official test results (PDF viewer required).

Microsoft is yet to release some comments on this, but expect an official statement in the next few days.