Is Microsoft Security Essentials adequate protection?
This is from an actual question at Yahoo Answers > Security that I fielded and is some good recent information about MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) which is FREE to all users offered from Microsoft to the community.
Is Microsoft Security Essentials adequate? I’m thinking it isn’t because I can’t get rid of CouponDropDown. I know my computer is infected. Thoughts, anyone?
MY ANSWER AS ANTIBOTNET – ALTERNATE YAHOO ID…..
This year MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) has taken some bad hits…..
PRESS: (all recently just in the news this year)
Review: Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials bombs AV-TEST, loses certification
Microsoft Security Essentials Fails Tests, Loses Antivirus Certificate
Microsoft Security Essentials fails AV-TEST again
Microsoft fights back on antivirus certification fail, claims malware tests …
Now historically, Windows Defender as antispyware was created free from Microsoft to the community as about one of the only in the world with Real Time Protection activated and free. When you buy a security product this is activated, protects 24/7 against malware installations). A guess from memory was they purchased the Giant antispyware company and made it that better.
Windows OneCare was the antivirus you paid for by Microsoft. They added this to the antispyware Windows Defender to create Microsoft Security Essentials – free to the community today. Windows OneCare has been West Coast Labs Certified and has won the VB100 Award ! That means the product has got 100 percent scores. So to be fair, MSE is not a real piece of crap, but there are a good handful of more superior products available for purchase. You get what you pay for.
Check out….. Remove the CouponDropDown Adware (Uninstall Guide)
Note BleepingComputer.Com has been a well known community help site for several years and is staffed. CouponDropDown is being described as a PUP, or potentially unwanted program. Since it is being identified only as a PUP and not malware, would explain why MSE is not detecting it as “adware” which is a threat in the antispyware category not antivirus. Adware gets removed by antispyware products. Note that adware and spyware etc can not be called that legally unless it is or they can sue / libel suit SEE http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm