Microsoft Security Essentials: It’s official — Microsoft says you should use something else

By | October 4, 2013
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We pulled our support for MSE over a month ago — and we had been doubting it for some time while we waited for independent AV testing lab results. We have been recommending Emsisoft Anti-Malware, which is also a top antivirus — since July 2013,  and we realize that pulling our support for MSE and at almost the same time recommending Emsisoft, a paid antivirus/anti-malware, may have seemed self-serving. But it was not.

We don’t base our opinions and recommendations on how much money is in it for us, not even when the chips are down and we are struggling financially. We watched as Microsoft put a dedicated team in charge of MSE’s development and watched as Microsoft slowly started to neglect MSE. Eventually, we think, MSE and Windows Defender (in Windows 8) will be discontinued–  it seems to us that Microsoft has changed their focus.

Today, October 4, 2013, we have been vindicated (again!) when one of the top tech newsletters apologized for recommending MSE for so long after they should have pulled their support and recommendation.

Again, we were ahead of everyone else when it came to recognizing the decline and the demise of MSE. We were the first to expose Malwarebytes when it stopped being a viable anti-malware, we didn’t believe their blog that told everyone they were going to be great again, and we were right. And we were right about MSE too. We saw its decline coming; we watched as Microsoft let it get worse and worse and denied it. All the independent lab tests confirmed what we suspected, MSE (Windows Defender on Windows 8) was going downhill and could no longer be trusted to protect Windows computers.

We invite you to read this article by How-to-Geek:

Goodbye Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft Now Recommends You Use a Third-Party Antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender on Windows 8) was once on top. Over the years, it’s slid in the test results, but Microsoft argued the tests weren’t meaningful. Now, Microsoft is advising Windows users to use a third-party antivirus instead.
This revelation comes to us from an interview Microsoft gave. Microsoft’s official website still bills MSE as offering “comprehensive malware protection” without any hint that they no longer recommend using it. Microsoft is not communicating well with its users.
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5 thoughts on “Microsoft Security Essentials: It’s official — Microsoft says you should use something else

  1. Larry

    Microsoft is loosing out all around. They are not listening to their customers and as a result their sales are way down. It has gotten so, that you can’t trust them any longer. They always think that they know better and they are going to dictate to you what they think you want. It doesn’t work that way!

  2. nick

    i just wish more people would sign up for your newsletter, support your promotions and recommended products and make you rich. like bill gates rich.

    hip hip hoorah for you guys!!!

  3. Lee

    The highway is littered with abandoned, non-supported programs from Microsoft that they deemed no longer viable just like the shoulder of the road is covered with chicken bones from KFC dinners consumed while en route. Some needed to be put out to pasture. However, others met their premature, untimely, and unwarranted death. The most recent are Technet, Expression Web, and Visual Studio (which will be gone in a few months.) Microsoft’s performance with ME, Vista and Windows 8 is long term proof that they are not and haven’t been listening to their user base for quite some time. They assumed that they can steam roll over their clients, tell them what to do, and that they will love it. It’s kind of like the old saying, “You WILL go to the party and you WILL have fun. You dare ask why? BECAUSE I SAID SO!” There are other major corporations equal in size to Microsoft that performed in the same manner. RCA and Motorola come to mind immediately. IBM came close to the same fate. You ask where are RCA and Motorola? Yep, you got it. They’re no longer in business. The moral of this story is that the bigger they are, the harder they fall. It takes time but it can happen.

  4. Robert

    I had asked for a Dell laptop for Christmas. I rescinded that and now want a MacBook Air.

  5. Mae

    Ubuntu is looking like a better choice. It is not as pricy as iMac. There will be a steep startup, but maybe I can find some one like Cloudeight’s great team to help.


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