Microsoft: IE9 with SmartScreen leads in malware protection

Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has taken some hits in terms of its overall PC performance compared to other web browsers like Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari. But protecting a web browser's user from getting infected from malware and other viruses while browsing the Internet is also important. Today Microsoft announced via its official Internet Explorer web site that an independent report claims that IE 9 has better protection against malware threats than other web browsers.

The report comes from NSS Labs, a security research and testing group. The organization released two reports today that show that Internet Explorer 9 with its SmartScreen feature "caught an exceptional 96 (percent of the live threats" in worldwide tests. An additional 3.2 percent of malware threats were stopped with IE's Application Reputation feature." NSS Labs claims that Google's 12th version of its Chrome web browser only caught 13.2 percent of the malware threats. The fourth version of Firefox stopped just 7.6 percent of online threats while Apple's fifth version of its Safari web browser also caught just 7.6 percent of the malware threats it encountered. The same studies said that the same results were found when the same browsers are used in Asian and European territories.

Microsoft says that since the NSS Labs' last report on this subject in October 2010, "... the average time taken by SmartScreen filter to block a threat has gotten 28 (percent) faster - and if Application Reputation is considered, then the average time has improved by 85 percent."

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A browser doesn't need to block any malware, it's not an antivirus or antimalware application.
IMHO, with a good anti-virus (which everyone should have, regardless of the browser they're using) and NoScript (on Firefox) installed the protection would be a lot better than that of IE 9.

For those complaining about Firefox 3 and 4 and extolling IE 9 and shooting others because they say IE 8 sucks, perhaps you want to take a leaf out of your own book and use Firefox 7 before making premature judgments.

ThePitt said,
yea, and thats exactly the reason why I would move from FF3.6.20 to IE9. NOT

So you'd stick with a product that is only able to block 7.6% of online threats instead of moving to a product that blocks 96% of online threats? I'm not knocking you, I'm just curious, or am I mis-reading?

ThePitt said,
yea, and thats exactly the reason why I would move from FF3.6.20 to IE9. NOT

So you'd stick with a product that is only able to block 7.6% of online threats instead of moving to a product that blocks 96% of online threats? I'm not knocking you, I'm just curious, or am I mis-reading?

nytiger73 said,

So you'd stick with a product that is only able to block 7.6% of online threats instead of moving to a product that blocks 96% of online threats? I'm not knocking you, I'm just curious, or am I mis-reading?


Is that your sole criteria for choosing a browser?

spinning_quirK said,

Is that your sole criteria for choosing a browser?

No, but one of the main criteria, together with speed and user interface…

Impressive stuff, quite an exceptional lead in terms of percentages. It probably helps that Microsoft also produce anti-malware software as well, but that isn't to take away from their effort though. Kudos to Microsoft for taking security so seriously!

Server management capabilities? Like what? Group policy? Firefox and Chrome both have ADMs available. I still have a lot of infected machines with IE8. I'm sure IE9 is better, but the attack surface is so huge, I wouldn't recommend it for that reason alone.

farmeunit said,
Server management capabilities? Like what? Group policy? Firefox and Chrome both have ADMs available. I still have a lot of infected machines with IE8. I'm sure IE9 is better, but the attack surface is so huge, I wouldn't recommend it for that reason alone.

you are really not making any sense here. this is about IE9. if you're still on IE8 what do you expect to happen?

you wouldn't recommend the newer and better product because of the older and faulty product? wow, your recommendation skills are unmatched. I suggest you do a thorough re-examination and evaluation.

it also seems you're aware that you have infected machines and are just sitting there looking at them. you're really no good at your job if that's really your job.

I still feel that all the Chrome/FireFox/Opra/BobsSuperDuperBrowsers of the world are still just toys... Internet Explorer has server management capabilities that all the rest just don't have, and is a LOT more security concious. Not to mention the fact that all the others are a lot less efficient at using system rescources.... Just because something is "Shiny" doesn't mean it's the best....

Im actually starting to enjoy IE, somehow Cityville renders a lot fast with it... and works pretty well with everything else.. about speed.. well, true, most websites render a lot faster with either Chrome or Firefox, but i seem to be alright with it.

Aaron7pm said,
Sure, whatever. But it still lacks pretty much everything else.

name essential things that are missing and can't be added through AddIns…

NyaR said,

Adblock
User Agent Switcher
Autofill
Screengrab
Firebug

Adblock=TPL's
User Agent Switcher = Are you serious? That's not an essential browser tool.
Autofill = When did you last use IE again?
Screengrab = Essential feature? Lol, I welcome you to then print screen key on your keyboard
Firebug = Hit F12 and let the magic commence

funkydude said,

Adblock=TPL's
User Agent Switcher = Are you serious? That's not an essential browser tool.
Autofill = When did you last use IE again?
Screengrab = Essential feature? Lol, I welcome you to then print screen key on your keyboard
Firebug = Hit F12 and let the magic commence


Thanks! Couldn't have said it better!

My browser habit has changed to IE9>FF3.6>Iron in that order. IE9 just obliterate rendering speed compare to FF4+ lagfest gecko rendering engine. I keep using FF3.6 because old greasemonkey and stylish UI is much preferred than the integrated version in the later update.