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.
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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