Microsoft Corp. yesterday acknowledged poor test results of its OneCare antivirus software, but promised it would do better by paying more attention to malware actually in the wild.
"The recent detection numbers were not stellar," Jimmy Kuo, a member of the Microsoft security research and response team, said in a company blog "We missed capturing a VB100 [Virus Bulletin 100] in the last test because we missed one virus. As a result, we have adopted new methodologies to ... look more closely at families of viruses that have been found to be 'in the wild,' [those] found actively spreading among users."
Early last month, Virus Bulletin, a U.K.-based publication whose VB100 tests are considered one of the antivirus industry's benchmarks, put 15 Vista security programs up against January's WildList, a master list of all viruses, worms, Trojans and other on-the-loose malware. Five titles failed the test, including Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare 1.5.