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Improvement In Live OneCare Antivirus

According to the news published by PCworld on June 4, 2007, a security researcher of Austria claims that Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare has acquired 14th position from the lowest rank in March in a test of 17 antivirus software.

Andreas Cleminti's AV Comparatives recent test has pitted the antivirus software companies, which have to recognize the 20,000 deadly codes developed during the last 3 months. Now till Feb 2, Cleminti had stopped updating each product's virus database or "signature", but from May 2, it has started checking the company's technology against new viruses, deadly script, Trojan, backdoor and worm.

According to the reports by PC world on June 4, 2007, Cleminti claims that although most antivirus programs provide hourly or daily (signature) updates without special methods of detection, there is always a frame of time in which the user is not cautioned or protected.

Cleminti examined the number of threats each program caught without the use of signature and also notices the time when an antivirus program flags a legal file and finally reports the total time taken by the program to scan the test PC's hard drives.

Fortinet and AVG were not able to pass the test. Fortinet was able to catch only 8% of the total new viruses; on the other hand AVG was able to detect 1,000 false positives and 71% of the viruses.

According to the news in PCpro on June 4, 2007, Cleminti said in his report that the false percentage was so high in the case of Fortinet that it does not even deserve the level of standard.

Although Microsoft was successful in getting the certificate of its product and "VB 100 certificate", which is regarded as one of the leading voice in anti-virus realm, it has only caught hold of 18% of the harmful viruses.

According to the news published by Techworld on June 4, 2007, Microsoft's spokeswoman reports that they are closely watching the methodology & outcomes of the test to further enhance Windows Live OneCare and will also consider main points from these tests to deal with their services more appropriately.

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