Microsoft concedes: OneCare antivirus software 'not stellar'

Microsoft Corporation yesterday acknowledged poor test results of its OneCare antivirus software, but promised it would do better by paying more attention to malware actually in the wild. Earlier this month, AV Comparatives, a non-profit site that tests the most popular antivirus products, found OneCare detected 82.4% of nearly half a million pieces of malware. Early last month, Virus Bulletin, a U.K.-based publication that put 15 Vista security programs up against January's WildList, found that Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare 1.5 failed the test, among four others.

"The recent detection numbers were not stellar. We missed capturing a VB100 [Virus Bulletin 100] in the last test because we missed one virus. As a result, we have adopted new methodologies to ... look more closely at families of viruses that have been found to be 'in the wild,' [those] found actively spreading among users. We will keep on working to acquire the VB100 Award each time we are tested by Virus Bulletin. You will see our results gradually and steadily increase until they are on par with the other majors in this arena," wrote Jimmy Kuo, a member of the Microsoft security research and response team, on a company blog. Kuo also noted that Microsoft would put more resources into identifying what he called "truly important malware."

News source: ComputerWorld

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The Giant software was only the antispyware component (aka Windows Defender) of OneCare AFAIK and it still works great. I have no idea what the OneCare antivirus engine is based on. If it's homegrome MS code, then I'm not surpised that it's going to take v3.0 before it's worth a ****.

This will probably come out in a way that people will feel the urge to flame me but...

Just buy Kaspersky and be happy?

excalpius said,
NOD32...faster, cheaper, better.

I see you tried to copy their slogan from their homepage (are you getting paid for it?), but you got it wrong:
The slogan on the Nod32 homepage is "Better. Faster. Smaller."
They're not advertising with "cheaper" because actually, it isn't x)
But even then, it would have nothing on Kaspersky.

I didn't know that was like their slogan, hehe. I was just writing my own opinion. ;)

I'll check into the price of Kaspersky, but I'll never use it on a server again after my first and only test using it. What a nightmare.

WTF!!! I want a refund. I appreciate their honesty, but if the company itself can not stand by and defend their own product .. then when should I pay for it.

excalpius said,
Answer: Because you were dumb enough to pay for OneCare from MS in the first place?

I love troll logic.

Note this is only version 1.5 from MS that has these issues.

Symantec and the other companies have had way longer to perfect their products.

Wait until OneCare 2.0 comes out.

Another big plus with OneCare is that since it's a subscription based product you actually get updates to it beyond just definitions.

So someone who buys OneCare now will be upgraded to 2.0 when it comes out for no additional charge.

How many people do you know that bought Norton 2002 or 2003 products that are updated to 2007 automatically without an additional retail purchase on top of their subscription fees?

initial versions will be tough. I say 2 more years and the engine should be fine. either improve it or buy AVG.

Why would anyone buy AVG when they can buy the vastly superior NOD32?

Avast is a better freeware antivirus that AVG if you're not going to spend $ here.

Kaspersky will slow your machine down to a crawl, even worse that Symantec's uver garbageware products, so again, NOD32 FTW.

excalpius said,
Why would anyone buy AVG when they can buy the vastly superior NOD32?

Avast is a better freeware antivirus that AVG if you're not going to spend $ here.

Kaspersky will slow your machine down to a crawl, even worse that Symantec's uver garbageware products, so again, NOD32 FTW.

Symantec's garbageware? Norton 2007 is a vast improvement over its predecessor software. And as for Kaspersky, I used it on my 4 year old machine and it performed fine. I don't know where you're getting this information from.

excalpius said,
Why would anyone buy AVG when they can buy the vastly superior NOD32?

Avast is a better freeware antivirus that AVG if you're not going to spend $ here.

Kaspersky will slow your machine down to a crawl, even worse that Symantec's uver garbageware products, so again, NOD32 FTW.

What do you Kaspersky slows down your machine to a crawl? I've been using it for a while and it's pretty low on resources. In fact right now it's using less than 10MB of RAM on my system.

MajinDark said,
Symantec's garbageware? Norton 2007 is a vast improvement over its predecessor software.

It might be an improvement over previous versions but it's still garbage. Norton 360 isn't any better either.

When I tried Kaspersky on a P3 server I wanted to secure last year it turned the machine into a turtle. I tried NOD32 on the same machine and it was like butta. So, I bought the NOD32 licenses. Simple as that.

And anyone who speaks up for Norton anymore loses instant credibility...period. Like Creative with their drivers, even if they fixed everything and anything with their ****ty software, they'd still be consigned to software end user HELL because of the millions of people they've screwed over the past decade.

NuckFuts said,

What do you Kaspersky slows down your machine to a crawl? I've been using it for a while and it's pretty low on resources. In fact right now it's using less than 10MB of RAM on my system. ;)


Agreed.

Kaspersky is the BEST you can grab.

I'm thinking they're taking it easy because if it was too effective, it might incur attention of the antitrust kind... I can just see it, lawyers bickering about how it's not fair OC wins so many AV awards because it's MS' own OS etc..

KASPeRskY anti virus is SIMPLY THE BEST...its user friendly..super efficient.....and low on resources..it only uses about 9 mb of ram on ma pc

TIE THAT TOGETHER WITH SUPERANTISPYWARE PROFESSIONAL..and u've got a killer PC...

WOt MOrE can i say...NOD32..hahah...wot a joke..really cum on!!??

NORTON IS A WASTE OF MONEY

Just a bit of advice - If you can't communicate above the level of a 5th grader, don't expect your opinion to be given any weight.

Some advice - don't scream (i.e. no all-caps)
Mixed caps are even worse.
Avoid dumb words like "ma", "wot", "cum", they make you look like an idiot.

Rating it 'not stellar' is a bit of a stretch. How about being honest and calling it what it truly is: 'pure crap'. It's truly unfortunately because I was hoping that MS would introduce a competitive product in this market to help stir innovation from others. wrong

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