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AV-TEST Product Review Report – Q3/2010
Microsoft
Version 1.0
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Platform Windows XP (SP3, 32 bit)
Certificate 103549
Date Q3/2010
Microsoft

Security Essentials

During July, August and September 2010 we continuously evaluated 16 security products using their default settings. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.

Protection

Protection against malware infections
(such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses)

July August September Industry average
Protection against 0-day malware attacks from the internet, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)
66 samples used
76% 53% 46% 77%
Blocking of malware on or post execution (Dynamic Detection Testing)
20 samples used
20% 50%
Detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months (AV-TEST reference set)
1,038,795 samples used
98% 97% 93% 96%
Detection of widespread malware (according to the WildList)
28,838 samples used
100% 100% 100% 100%
Protection Score
3.0/6.0

Repair

Cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer

July August September Industry average
Removal of all active components of widespread malware (according to the WildList) from a computer
20 samples used
80% 80%
Removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications made by malware
20 samples used
55% 50%
Detection of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware)
18 samples used
72% 83%
Removal of deliberately hidden active malware (Rootkits and stealth malware)
18 samples used
56% 56%
Repair Score
3.0/6.0

Usability

Impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer
(lower values indicate better results)

July August September Industry average
Average slow-down of the computer by the security software in daily use
13 samples used
231s 236s
False detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan (false positives)
530,462 samples used
0 0 1 3
False warnings of certain actions during the installation and use of legitimate software
20 samples used
0 1
False blockings of certain actions during the installation and use of legitimate software
20 samples used
0 1
Usability Score
5.5/6.0