has an interesting article about a new test from AV Comparatives. According to this new survey Microsoft OneCare ranks 14th out of 17. Some time ago, I blogged about a report where Microsoft's scan engine had the poorest detection rate of all tested antivirus tools.

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This new test focused on new malware threats that appeared during the last three months. They found about 20,000 new viruses and worms. Can you believe that? This number illustrates how difficult the anti-malware business is. Some years ago, a friend who works for Trend Micro told me that they have about 200 people analyzing new computer viruses 24 hours a day. I guess they have even more now.

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Of course, you need specialists for this kind of job. Therefore, I wouldn't expect that Microsoft will be able to catch up with the leading AV vendors in the near future. It will simply take some time until they can build up the necessary infrastructure. Based on the impressions that others had with Forefront Client Security, it probably doesn't make sense to have a closer look at Microsoft's new AV software for desktop computers now.


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