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Microsoft Security Essentials Fails AV-Test Certification

In its most recent round of anti-virus testing, independent security research firm, AV-Test did not certify Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). MSE was the only anti-virus in this round of testing to fail to meet certification criteria set by AV-Test.

In order to be certified by AV-Test, an anti-virus needs to score a minimum of 11 points (out of 18 points), and this time around MSE fell just short of certification with only 10.5 points.

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Malware Writers To AntiVirus Companies: Screw You

In a recent post on the TrendLabs blog, Robert McArdle made note of a particular string that certain malware has been using as part of its encryption routine. The string reads as, Poshel-ka ti na hui drug aver which essentially translates into a screw you message. Originally, TrendMicro believed that the word “Aver” could refer to a certain computer hardware reseller based in Moscow. However, someone at Kaspersky pointed out that this word could mean “AVer” which is a term commonly used on English virus writing forums meaning AntiVirus researcher.

This type of hidden message is hardly the first to be found.  They are often found when these companies reverse engineer these malicious pieces of software to figure out how they work so they can write proper definition files to remove them.

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