Microsoft Security Essentials has never been the absolute best anti-virus solution out there, but its pretty darn good. It catches the vast majority of the security threats in the wild today, is absolutely free, and is supported by the guys who make the operating system itself so performance is always top notch. Common sense would suggest these guys would be running away with the market share, and in-fact that’s exactly what’s happening. A software development and service company by the name of OPSWAT published a report this week based on the findings of their AppRemoval tool, and it shows Microsoft gaining ground at a rapid pace.
Avast continues control the largest share of the global market, however Microsoft is dominating in North America with 14.58 percent of Windows users, and 9.96 percent globally. Security Essentials users are primary still on Windows XP, however Windows 7 customers aren’t far behind. Windows Vista represents less than 5 percent of the Security Essentials user base, but that could also be because nobody is still using Windows Vista.
The pay anti-virus market is something nobody is going to miss, and each new and improved version of Microsoft Security Essentials brings us one step closer to a future where it simply won’t be necessary.For the time being you are still better off with the latest version of Norton if you tend to visit some of the seedier corners of the net, but hopefully that won’t always be the case.