Windows Defender fails in new malware test

Windows Defender has been slated in a new test that found it could detect barely half of the malware thrown at it during the last year.

According to Australian testing company Enex Testlab, in full scanning mode the anti-malware scanner could only pick up 53.3 percent of an unspecified list of malware threats thrown at it during 2006, with the quick scan scoring a detection rate of under half. This contrasted with the superior scores achieved by a number of other anti-malware software, including a top score for PC Tools Spyware Doctor.

Critics will point out that the test was paid for by PC Tools itself, which offers an easy way for Microsoft to attack the results. The program has also spent 2006 in an unfinished state and was only released for XP in October of 2006, which one might think would make criticism of it misleading and unfair. - Security News - Windows Defender fails in new malware test

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 21st February 2007 11:53PM