Originally Posted by jkroeder
and at the end of the day, all anti-virus products are hit or miss and shouldn't be relied upon
This. Point in case: it took 5 years for any AV to begin picking up Red October, to name just one example. Yay antivirus
Regarding the gripe about it not detecting enough zero-days to suit AV-Test's arbitrary pass/fail numbers, it would be interesting to see the bottom line effect of installing and configuring Microsoft EMET. It's a very effective anti-exploit tool (particularly on WinXP which has greater need of it), it's free, and it's within at least power-users' skill sets to install and configure. It's not like Microsoft hasn't stepped up to the plate to prevent exploitation, they just haven't bundled that feature into MSE. Yet. You install it separately.