Malware Detection and Protection
To test the real-time and on-demand scanning engine, I transferred 420 malware samples to the system drive. The on-access protection by Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 prevented 394 malware samples, out of 420 – leaving the computer at risk from 138 threats.
I proceed to run its on-demand scanner, and it detected and removed another 112 threats. The remaining 26 malware threats were not detected by MSE with the latest definitions update. I continued the test by executing the remaining 26 threats, but MSE’s behavior-based detection engine, which is another new feature in this new version of free antivirus by Microsoft, detected only 1 out 26 threats, leaving Windows at risk from 25 risks. It even failed to prevent the executed and now running rogue antispyware program:
The malware protection and detection by MSE 2.0 is no different than MSE 1.0, for both versions can provide up to 96% of protection, which is above-average.
It should be noted that severe and new malware were detected by MSE 2.0, much the same as MSE version 1.0. However, the exploit protection in this new version definitely adds an extra layer of protection for Windows.
In this Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 review, Microsoft Spynet, if enabled in the program, has done its job by collecting the sample threats the Microsoft Malware Research team will further analyze.