Microsoft's Antivirus Apps Outed For Myopic Detection
AV-Test, an independent IT security institute based in Germany, is no longer certifying Microsoft's consumer and business antivirus products after its testing found them both unable to detect a significant amount of zero-day malware. Microsoft's Forefront Endpoint for businesses and Security Essentials suite for home users detected just 78 percent of malicious files used in AV-Test's trials. Though Microsoft said it plans to improve the detection in its products, it also noted that the majority of malware AV-Test used does not affect Windows users. This carried just a whiff of denial for a company that had just been shamed.