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Microsoft Security Essentials Fails

Microsoft Security Essentials Fails

Colden Company used to recommend Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) to our smaller customers. It was a good product, was free for smaller business use, and was effective in protecting Windows PCs from viruses and other malware. Unfortunately, this former favorite doesn’t seem to be as effective as it once was.

According to AV-TEST GmbH, a German security firm that specializes in evaluating endpoint security software, MSE is no longer effective and has lost AV-TEST’s seal of approval. As reported by, “Security Essentials was only able to spot 64 percent of zero-day malware attacks during September and October. This is down from the previous testing period in which Microsoft’s antivirus was able to spot 69 percent of zero-day threats. Still, this is well below the industry average detection  rate of 89 percent. As for vulnerabilities that have been out in the open for a few months, Security Essentials did a bit better — it was able to halt 90 percent of known attacks. Still, this is below the industry-average 97 percent.” Read the full report for more information.

Why risk your business data and security to sub-par software? Colden Company offers Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) with Managed Anti-Virus (MAV) for Windows PCs. Not only will your business be protected by award-winning security technology, your business PCs will be monitored for any of a number of hardware and software problems, will be automatically maintained, and your business be backed by Colden’s team of customer service-minded engineers who are ready to deal with any problems before they can cause damage or risk. Contact us for more information today, and start protecting your business today.



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