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Hey Rich,,,

Well, any failure is bad but, it looks to me to be mainly in one area, "Protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats (Real-World Testing)", the other areas they did OK on, and in some better than others. But, who's Certification did they loose???

Hmmm, maybe it's time to switch to Avast or something!!!

Below are the testing company's Web-page, with the detail results.



AV-TEST Product Review Report – Sep-Oct/2012

Version Tested
4.0 & 4.1 Website
Platform Windows 7 (SP1, 32 bit)

Microsoft: Security Essentials

During September and October 2012 we continuously evaluated 24 home user security products using their default settings. We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.


Hmmm,,, I wonder who owns that Company,,,, AVG maybe???
Of course, AVAST is also headquartered in Prague Czech Republic...

The AV-TEST Institute is a leading international and independent service provider in the fields of IT security and anti-virus research.

At our German laboratories in Magdeburg and Leipzig our team of 25 IT specialists boasting many years of expertise take a practical approach to the development of innovative analysis mechanisms and the application of high-quality test procedures. In order to achieve these objectives, AV-TEST provides optimal working conditions and development opportunities. After all, IT security is one of the key factors in the modern business and corporate world!


AVG was founded in 1991 with the express purpose of protecting people around the world using the latest in cutting edge security technologies. AVG gained success quickly and is now recognized as one of the biggest players in the security software market. AVG currently holds corporate offices in Europe such as in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Cyprus, UK, Germany, France; in the US such as in the Pensacola area in Florida, San Francisco Bay Area in California, Atlanta area in Georgia, Boston area in Massachusetts, Charlotte area in North Carolina; in the Middle East, in Israel; in Asia such as Beijing and Hong Kong in China.

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