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Microsoft’s Free Antivirus Is As Good As Symantec’s Norton: Says Study

By Debjit on October 20th, 2010 

Windows Security EssentialsAlmost a year ago when Microsoft was busy developing it's free to use anti-virus - "Morro" there was a lot of speculation about it in the tech industry. Someone from Norton even said that Microsoft is two to four years behind Symantec in the Anti-virus products. Now after one year, tests have proved that Microsoft is finally catching up with the Anti-virus industry leader - Symantec.

An independent testing firm NSS Labs tested major Anti-Virus solution providers for some pre-defined parameters and found that Microsoft’s Security Essentials outperformed majority of the paid Anti-Virus software including Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2010 for some parameters and performed equally for other parameters.

Here is a summary of the results of the test conducted by NSS Labs:

  • Symantec’s software detected 72.3% of malware installed on the test systems of NSS Labs while Microsoft’s Security Essentials found 75%
  • In the exploit prevention test, Symantec stopped 64% of exploits, while Microsoft stopped 60%.
  • Overall, NSS Labs rated both Norton Antivirus and Microsoft Security Essentials as "neutral".

You can go through the entire results of the test in this document.


Microsoft’s Free Antivirus Is As Good As Symantec’s Norton: Says Study was originally published on on October 20, 2010 - 1:08 am (Indian Standard Time)