Considering all the new bells and whistles Windows Defender was picking up lately, it perhaps comes as a surprise that Microsoft’s security tools are really not all that good when it comes to actual malware removal.
The latest round of security tests performed by German institute AV-TEST show that Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool are well behind the competition.
When it comes to removing an existing infection, that is.
The list of best malware removal solutions is populated by the bigger names in security like Avira, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, and Avast!
While the solutions Redmond has created, once again, scored the worst overall, after failing to detect and remove malware from the computers that were involved in these endurance tests that were performed between January and December 2016.
As AV-TEST explains, Microsoft Security could not deal with 4 malware samples that prevent cleanup, and in fact, it was the only security product that was blocked by malware infections:
“Eight times, Microsoft Security Essentials proved either totally or partially ineffective against the malware.”
On the other hand, the performance of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool was also off the charts, but in the wrong way.
It failed to detect a total of 26 samples of malware, and was not able to detect 3 active malware components. Ultimately, achieving a score of 25.6%, which is leagues behind the next software on the list, Antibot CD that came out with a total system repair score of 54.7%.
Perhaps, this is where Microsoft can focus next now.