Tag Archives: Microsoft Security Essentials

Another stupid Anti-Malware test?

PC Mag has an article on the latest anti-malware tests by NSS Labs.  For this test NSS Labs turned off Microsoft’s SmartScreen because it was too effective, blocking 98-100% of malware.  SmartScreen, being in the OS now, works independent of … Continue reading

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Are evaluations of Microsoft Security Essentials unfair?

Microsoft Security Essentials has recently come under some criticism for poor test results.  The obvious, or maybe not so obvious, question to ask is how much of this is about the performance of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and how much … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Defender

One of the end-user oriented features revealed in yesterday’s BUILD keynote that I’m particularly excited about is the expansion of Windows Defender capabilities.  Microsoft has had the limited Defender anti-malware capability built-in to Windows since Vista.  Defender, although it uses the same … Continue reading

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Internet Security Myths

eWeek recently published a nice article covering survey data that shows user understanding of PC security threats is outdated, which of course may lead to poor security practices.  Overall I like the article, but I take issue with what they claim … Continue reading

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Is Symantec also in the Scareware business?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Adobe/McAfee Security Scan Plus Scareware debacle.  Well, Symantec’s faux pas isn’t nearly as bad but I still think they need a slap on the wrist.  If you run their free web-based Symantec … Continue reading

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Why you need more than one Anti-Malware product protecting you

I recently downloaded a file that I knew would be Malware.  It was called document.zip and was attached to a piece of mail that allegedly came from someone at FedEx.  The email headers were forged, and the mail itself wasn’t … Continue reading

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Malware or Not?

I’ve been doing an interesting experiment, in a virtual machine on a separate PC with no personal information  at all on it.  I’ve been going through SPAM emails and clicking on every link to see what happens.  It is an … Continue reading

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