MSE beats a lot of paid AntiVirus products.

A Security Analyst working at ParetoLogic feels thats Microsoft Security Essentials is better than a lot of paid AntiVirus products.

Take this pretty common Trojan from

Well, only a handful of AV vendors are detecting it. A lot of the big guys don’t detect anything at all! Microsoft picks it up without a problem.

MSE’s main install only takes 11 MB out of your hard drive and t’s DB remains small as well. There are 2 main files for the full DB. mpasbase.vdm (anti-spyware) and mpavbase.vdm (anti-virus) which are respectively just 9 and 29 MB.


“What is Microsoft’s secret recipe for being so good? What kind of detection are they using that they can maintain such small Databases? I wanna know” says Jerome Segura.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.