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Monday, March 05, 2007

Microsoft OneCare not your best bet for protection

When Microsoft launched their anti-virus and Internet Security product OneCare, rival companies were concerned that Microsoft was trying to muscle in on their market. But if the results of both a new test by research firm AV Comparatives and previous tests that ranked Windows Defender relatively lowly are anything to go by.

Microsoft's effort has come last with an average of an 82.4% detection success rate. When the top rated software, G Data Security AntiVirusKit, posts a 99.45% average. Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus came in at 96.8%, GriSoft's AVG was 96.3% and McAfee's VirusScan at 91.6%, meaning that while these big names did much better than OneCare.

The report indicates the methodology of the testing for those wanting the details, which involved a big range of viruses, polymorphic viruses, worms, rootkits, Trojans, scripts, backdoors, spyware and dialers.

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