A new report from
OPSWAT has been published and it shows that the free version of the Microsoft
Security Essentials is the most widely used antivirus software in the world. The
latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials was released at the end of
notes that the free security software has been downloaded 30 million times so
far. The OPSWAT report shows that 10.66% of the 43,000 computers globally that
it surveys are running the Microsoft free solution. Second place in the report
goes to Avira Antivir Personal with 10.18% and third goes to AVAST! Free with
8.66% of the market. In the Global market the numbers look different due in
part to the larger number of offerings that other companies have.
The report said, "AVAST Software and AVG Technologies both top this
quarter’s worldwide antivirus market with 12.37% each. AVAST shows a decrease
from its leading 16.19% last quarter, which could be due to a shift in the
percentage of data originating from various countries. Avira and Microsoft rank
third and fourth with 12.29% and 11.24% of the market, respectively."
The report also explains that the reason that Microsoft's offering is so
popular is that it offers the protection through Windows Update. In the North
American market, Microsoft has a larger share with 17.07% with AVG being second
at 15.63%, and Symantec third with 14.47% of the market.
Some AV manufacturers,
however, complain that offering AV protection via Windows Update is a little
too close to comfort to the Internet Explorer bundling that got Microsoft in
trouble over a decade ago.
first launched Security
Essentials in 2009.