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IE9 with SmartScreen Leads Malware Protection Once Again

While the web is a wonderful place, there are many dangers online that can put you and your computer at risk. The browser is the first line of defense against attacks from the web and it plays an important role along with anti-virus and other security software to help keep you safe online. In Internet Explorer, the SmartScreen filter helps protect users from socially engineered malware attacks by stopping an attack before it has a chance to infect your PC.

Today NSS Labs, an independent security research and testing organization, released two reports which show that SmartScreen continues to offer the industry leading protection against socially engineered malware. According to the global NSS report, “IE9 caught an exceptional 96% of the live threats with SmartScreen URL reputation, and an additional 3.2% with Application Reputation.” The graph below compares the test results from various browsers and shows that Internet Explorer blocks 5X more malware than competitive browsers.

NSS: Mean Block Rate for Socially Engineered Malware Worldwide Data

The other reports looked at socially engineered malware targeted towards people living in the Asia Pacific region and in Europe. As you can see below, in each region the results remained consistent – Internet Explorer 9 maintains a lead in protecting users from live threats.

NSS: Mean Block Rate for Socially Engineered Malware By Reagon

We continue to improve the quality and protection SmartScreen technology offers; this is evident in how much faster SmartScreen is in blocking malware. Since the October 2010 NSS report, the average time taken by SmartScreen filter to block a threat has gotten 28% faster, if Application Reputation is considered, then the average time has improved by 85%.

Not only has the effectiveness of the technology improved, but so has the speed at which it is able to identify socially engineered malware. For our customers this translates into fewer infections and headaches.

Internet Explorer is designed with your security and privacy in mind. Innovative features such as SmartScreen and Application Reputation are examples of technologies that help protect you as you browse from an increasingly prevalent threat – socially engineered malware. According to Bruce Hughes from AVG Technologies, “Users are 4 times more likely to come into contact with social engineering tactics as opposed to a site serving an exploit.” As this threat becomes more common consumers need better protection and the SmartScreen filter in Internet Explorer is designed to directly address this threat.

When it comes to browsing the web safely, your browser choice matters. If you haven’t already done so, download Internet Explorer 9 and experience a safer browsing experience.