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Anti-Virus Test Assigns Lowest Position to Microsoft’s OneCare

Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare held the lowest position in a batch of 17 anti-virus solutions that were tested on numerous viruses, worms, Trojan horses and similar malware reported an Austrian anti-virus researcher in a publication of ComputerWorld.

The AV Comparative Web site under the maintenance of Andreas Cleminti, posts every quarter test results that identify the most worthy anti-virus products successful in beating a startling list of almost half a million items of malware.

Occupying the last spot, Windows Live OneCare could handle only 82.4% of the malware. A Redmond, Wash. developer launched OneCare, the consumer security suite in 2006.

After also testing the 7 products against polymorphic viruses that produce a large number of variants when they try to penetrate through scanners, Cleminti found some interesting results. These results are important because they tell about the flexibility of an anti-virus scan and how good their detection quality is over complex viruses.

According to Beeb reports, Windows Live OneCare could not catch some dangerous viruses, polymorphic malware and worms that infect files. OneCare remained vulnerable to 37 different malicious codes. Macdailynews published the reports in early February.

Microsoft's security program has earned a black mark not only under this evaluation but in an earlier instance as well. In the end week of February, Australian Security Company, PC Tools said in a research that Microsoft's Windows Defender; an anti-spyware program could detect only 46% to 53% of all spyware.

In February this year, Vista Bulletin also discussed about problems it found in Microsoft's much acclaimed Live OneCare and three separate Vista anti-virus tools. Vista Bulletin is a publication in U.K. that conducts the VB100 tests and issues VB100 Certificates to quality anti-virus products, in the industry. In this series of tests Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare failed to acquire the VB 100 recognition.

Since then Microsoft has set to improve Live OneCare and is still continuing. A Microsoft representative told ZDNet U.K. that they were examining the procedure and results of the test to make sure that Live OneCare proves favorably in future tests. Even otherwise the company is committed to continually enhance this AV program.

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