Geeks and Windows users, here’s a quite alarming news about the Microsoft’s antivirus software, the Microsoft Security Essentials. Recently, the free antivirus is revealed to be a very basic antimalware offering a mere baseline security protection for Windows PC that would still require users to consider other costly third-party antivirus for comprehensive security.
Despite good and favorable product feedbacks from home users and small businesses, report says that this no-cost antimalware has failed twice to get Antivirus Test Certification. It appears that the company has also failed to be more specific on information regarding the software’s basic intended purpose as it doesn’t totally provide solutions for PCs against security threats.
This alarming report came out after Microsoft Malware Protection Center Senior Program Manager Holly Stewart told Dennis Technology Labs that Security Essentials — by design — will “always be on the bottom” of antivirus software rankings. We used to have part of our team directed toward predicting test results and figuring out what might be in someone’s test. The company shifted toward focusing on prevalent threats. We’re providing all of that data and information to our partners so they can do at least as well as we are,” Stewart said.
The company further shares that third-party security providers are benefiting from the Microsoft-supplied data to be able to come up with more comprehensive antivirus software. And to this account, the strategy promotes a competitive playing field among third-party security vendors giving users greater choice. At any rate, users who are not able to get third-party software at least still enjoy basic protection.
Apparently, Microsoft’s strategy is somehow confusing or giving uncertainty to users. While the company admitted that the free antivirus only offers basic antimalware protection, this information must be clearly stated and presented up front to users for greater understanding and appreciation of PC security.
Microsoft explains further that just because Security Essentials is labeled as “baseline” when it comes to protection, that doesn’t mean it is bad. Security Essentials simply provides protection to those on Windows 8 who do not purchase and install an antivirus solution.