Windows Defender improves in new antivirus test

Brink

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Microsoft has conceded in the past that its anti-malware offerings only provide baseline protection. For Windows 7 and Vista, there’s Microsoft Security Essentials, while Windows 8 and Windows 10 come with the nearly identical Windows Defender.

While more advanced users gravitatetowards third-party antivirus softwares to gain an edge, many consumers will tend to stick with Microsoft's default options. Now, AV-Test Institute has published its latest findings, perhaps lending a bit more confidence to the stock malware protection provided by Windows.

Each vendor's score is a sum of three metrics: Threat protection, Performance (system slowdown, speed) and Usability (ease of use, false positives). Each item can attain a rating of 0 to 6, totaling a maximum of 18 points. A minimum of 10 must be achieved to gain a certification rating.

Several years ago Microsoft did poorly on a regular basis, scoring 9.5 and 11.5 during the Windows 8 era. The results prompted Microsoft to defend its commitment to protecting users in a blog post, citing its own telemetry data as indication of progress.

However, Redmond’s scores have improved in the most recent round of testing: on Windows 8, Microsoft scored 15.5, while for Windows 10 and Windows 7, the total was 14.0 for each. (In the screenshot below, vendors are listed alphabetically; Microsoft is placed at the bottom because their software is considered baseline. Full test results can be viewed and sorted by operating system, performance metric and timeframe.)...

Read more: Windows Defender improves, rises above nearly half the competition in new antivirus test


See also: Test antivirus software for Windows 10 - October 2015 | AV-TEST
 

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Vistaar

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Microsoft also got AAA certification from Dennis Labs a few months ago: Microsoft Aces Antivirus Test | PCMag.com

I notice that AV-Test Institute hasn't actually tested on Vista since December 2010, whereas they tested on XP as recently as June 2014 (the indignities we Vista users must endure).
 

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Jody Thornton

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So does that mean MSE has improved on Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well?
 

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So does that mean MSE has improved on Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well?
Yes, because MSE 4.8 and Windows Defender 4.8 are basically the same and use the same definitions. Much improved over the 4.7 version. (I'm using it myself.)
 

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ilikefree

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Won't make me switch from Avast.
BitDefender scored highest in almost all tests done at AV Comparatives I noticed
 

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This isn't really news, but Bitdefender Free Edition is no longer being developed and Bitdefender 2016 only runs on Windows 7 and higher. However Bitdefender has a special product for XP and Vista users with money to burn (if such users exist): Bitdefender Security for Windows XP and Vista. Of course the independent labs aren't testing on Vista, so you would be placing your faith in the Bitdefender brand, but a 30-day trial is available. A review might be interesting, if we have any security gurus who are actually running Vista. Personally, I resent the relegation to a version for XP die-hards when Vista actually has much closer affinity with Windows 7. (Apple's final gesture of support was a special iTunes version that added iOS 9 support for XP and Vista and has proven to be troublesome.)

Correction: I hear that a Bitdefender Free update is coming soon. It will presumably add support for Windows 8.1 and 10, and my guess is that it will not support XP or Vista, but we shall see.
 
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