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Windows Defender is weak

January 26th, 2007

Microsoft’s default malware blocking application and anti-virus programs may not fully protect Vista users, says security software vendor Webroot.

As part of the ongoing testing performed by Webroot’s Threat Research team, it was discovered that Windows Defender failed to block 84% of a testing sample-set that included 15 of the most common variations of existing spyware and malware. In addition, Windows Defender program’s performance was not in keeping with many third-party security applications.

Deficiencies in the Windows Vista security system extend beyond its spyware blocking problems. According to research from industry-leading anti-virus companies, Windows Vista is susceptible to some of the most common virus and malware threats due to issues with its user access controls and inability to detect some common viruses.

In addition, to enjoy the anti-virus protection, users must purchase the Microsoft Live OneCare suite for $49.95.

“We applaud Microsoft for the substantive improvements and exciting new features offered in Windows Vista. The various built-in applications, networking enhancements, and improved graphics support make for an impressive product,” said Gerhard Eschelbeck, CTO and SVP of engineering for Webroot Software.

“However, we want to make sure that users understand the Vista operating system’s limitations, and caution them that Microsoft’s default malware blocking application and anti-virus programs may not fully protect them. With the continued increase in the ingenuity and tenacity of cyber criminals and malware publishers, it is crucial for users to additionally deploy a proven computer security solution that provides real-time protection against all forms of spyware and viruses.”

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