Like many people here, I am a fan of Microsoft Security Essentials, and use it as my primary anti-virus program, in combination with Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware.
Last night I was reading the forums of another tech site which I frequent and was very surprised to see an article regarding the latest test scores (Nov/Dec 2012) from the independent av-test-org showing the results which places MSE at the low end in the areas of protection and cleaning efficiency.
Out of a possible high score of 6.0, Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 scores 6.0 and 5.5 respectively - while Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 scores 5.5 and 5.5 in those two areas.
However, out of a possible 6.0 high, the scores for Microsoft: Security Essentials are - 1.5 for "Protection" and 3.0 for "Repair".
I'm certainly not an expert on the comparisons or preferences of one anti-virus software over another - however I found this information a bit surprising - and somewhat disconcerting as well.
Since MSE is often recommended by the moderators and experienced geeks here, I would be very interested to hear anyone's thoughts, reactions and opinions. I don't mean to start another "Which is the best anti-virus" thread - but more specifically - how does one explain the poor test scores for MSE ?
Here's the link where you can view the detailed results of all the tests: