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Microsoft Live OneCare fails anti-virus test

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 06 Mar 2007 13:54 User comments (24)

Microsoft Live OneCare fails anti-virus test Microsoft's Live OneCare was the only one of 17 anti-virus programs to fail a test carried out quarterly by AV Comparatives of Austria. It managed to identify only 82.4% of 500,000 viruses used in the test, which included macro and script viruses, worms, backdoors and trojans. According to Andreas Clementi, senior tester at AV Comparatives, "Microsoft OneCare performed very low in the test, and did not reach the minimum requirements for participation." Out of the other programs tested, 14 got an advanced pass or better, while two got a standard rating.
According to a Microsoft spokesman they're "looking closely at the methodology and results of the test to ensure that Windows Live OneCare performs better in future tests."

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24 user comments

16.3.2007 13:59
The_Fiend
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This is like the second or third test it fails, guess i should start checking out the exploit possibilities for this stuff and Vista X)

26.3.2007 14:34
hughjars
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......and AVG free passes.

Oh the irony.

36.3.2007 15:17
webe123
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Microsoft couldn't make an anti-virus that WORKED to save their lives! They might as well just GIVE IT UP. They cannot even protect their OS from an attack....so what makes them think they can make an AV program that actually protected a whole computer?

Just plain sad.

46.3.2007 16:08

They could not do good firewall or media player, why they think they could to (good/working) anti-virus software...

Like webe123 said, just give it up.

56.3.2007 16:20

Has Microsoft ever done anything original? They just seem to copy everything else.

66.3.2007 17:14

microsoft can patch wormholes and backdoors... but when it comes to viruses.. its clueless..

76.3.2007 19:19

Classic just plain classic! Guess they haven't mastered copying AV software features that actually find (enough) viruses yet.

86.3.2007 20:44

It seems to me that you guys are just missing a point...

Anybody can sell a good product. Not much glory in that.

To create a whole line of half baked software products (Windows), with so many holes that they put Swiss cheese manufacturers to shame, AND than to have the chutzpah to sell an equally lame fix (OneCare), while actually charging good money for it takes some balls... if not true talent for salesmanship. So let us put our hands together for those guys...

96.3.2007 20:52

GOd..MS is more like a goverment than a corporation,they can do allot of things when they want to ......allot of triable things but when it comes to effeicancy they just cant do it 0-o

106.3.2007 21:39

Originally posted by ogryzek:
It seems to me that you guys are just missing a point...

Anybody can sell a good product. Not much glory in that.

To create a whole line of half baked software products (Windows), with so many holes that they put Swiss cheese manufacturers to shame, AND than to have the chutzpah to sell an equally lame fix (OneCare), while actually charging good money for it takes some balls... if not true talent for salesmanship. So let us put our hands together for those guys...
omg that's so true. Hilarious stuff there.

117.3.2007 0:56
joshuatly
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M$ fail everything and at last,everything will be cracked and the others FREEWARE company will win it!
like:
---IE VS Firefox
---Windows VS Linux
---WMP 11 VS WinAmp/Foobar/Others!
---Vista being CRACKD within 1 months of release!
---I can use WMP11 adn IE7 on my pirated copy of xp!
---and many others....

127.3.2007 8:42

Vista's Windows Defender could stop a MAC truck, oh wait a minute it only stops legitimate programs, sorry about that.

As to holes in OS's there isn't an OS out there that doesn't have gaping holes in it, not even Linux, MAC, or BE. It would be pretty difficult to fully lock down a system but leave it open enough to manage and work in there is always going to be a back door to exploited.

137.3.2007 9:54

This actually good news....

I'm an IT Guru and if it wasn't for Microsucks....i might not be making the GOOD $$$ i am.

There crappy software keeps me employed.
Someone has to fix the goofy problems they cause...yes ?

147.3.2007 10:16

I knew I would read alot of bashing. Its funny, but I'm sure there's more to this story. I would rather see the other apps and their scores. Maybe 83% was "standard". I really think that McAfee is crap anymore. Would like to see if AVG, AntiVir or Nod32 got a good score.

Of course I use Firefox and other non-MS apps, but what the world be without Windows? (And don't say the many flavors of Linux are the definitive answer.) Honestly, what do you expect when 90% of PC's run MS's product? You will always hear about more problems with the most adopted platform. Just look at the iPod. You would think that 1000 complaints means its junk. Nope, just means the other 30 million out there are working!

157.3.2007 10:48

My old workplace has this installed and i use the computer with this installed and i find it to be a waste of space on the system when you can find free anti virus software that can do a much better job than Microsoft.

I repeat my self in saying MS stick to Operating Systems.

167.3.2007 11:32

@Sprodigy

Quote:
but what the world be without Windows?
SAFE and SECURE !!!LOL

177.3.2007 13:42
hughjars
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Originally posted by SProdigy:
Would like to see if AVG, AntiVir or Nod32 got a good score.
- AVG (freeware) passed.

Sign up for free and check out who did what.....

http://www.virusbtn.com
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Mar 2007 @ 13:43

187.3.2007 14:06
webe123
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Originally posted by SProdigy:
I knew I would read alot of bashing. Its funny, but I'm sure there's more to this story. I would rather see the other apps and their scores. Maybe 83% was "standard". I really think that McAfee is crap anymore. Would like to see if AVG, AntiVir or Nod32 got a good score.

Of course I use Firefox and other non-MS apps, but what the world be without Windows? (And don't say the many flavors of Linux are the definitive answer.) Honestly, what do you expect when 90% of PC's run MS's product? You will always hear about more problems with the most adopted platform. Just look at the iPod. You would think that 1000 complaints means its junk. Nope, just means the other 30 million out there are working!

Did you EVER THINK that MABYE there is a reason for the bashing? Most people know Microsoft is a legal monoply, but as someone pointed out, they have been putting out half-baked products for awhile now.

This has absolutely NOTHING to do with more people using a product and EVERYTHING with making a DECENT product in the first place....and NOW they want to say they can protect a computer from viruses when they cannot even get their others apps stable? Give me a break!

198.3.2007 21:40
micksta
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I've beening useing one care for about 2 months and i've done various scan's and never picked up any virus's or spyware thinking my computrs safe, but doe's this mean it's any good. i wonder if i did a scan with another virus scanner what would i get??

208.3.2007 22:35
webe123
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Only one way to find out....you may want to get a really decent virus scanner and see.

219.3.2007 1:26

I think that [color=yellow]masturbation[/color] would be a good alternative to anything MS has to offer.

229.3.2007 4:15

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Would like to see if AVG, AntiVir or Nod32 got a good score.

AVG 96.37%
AntiVir 98.85%
Nod32 96.71%

239.3.2007 8:10

SProdigy you can see the results there is a link to the AV Comparisons site and the PDF results sheet, here is the link to the PDF:

http://www.av-comparatives.org//seiten/ergebnisse/report13.pdf

What they don't tell you is how much of a resource hog they are or how many false alerts there are, it's more geared to just what they know about and if it was recognized or stopped. McAfee and Norton did pretty well, Norton better, but most of us know how crappy they are.

249.3.2007 22:11
webe123
Inactive

Yeah, for all the MS fanboys...Microsoft was at the BOTTOM of the list. That tell's you something about how BAD MS one care is...it is more like "bargin bin life support care"!!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Mar 2007 @ 11:26

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