AV-Comparatives has released its Oct 2009 removal comparative report, in which Microsoft Security Essentials was rated as Advanced+, among with other big names like eScan and Symantec. It actually beats all other AntiVirus Freeware out there, including AVG and Avast, as one of the winners in malware removal category.
Even though it is just portion of test that only focuses on the malware removal and cleaning capabilities, being the only free AntiVirus rated in Advanced+ is still quite an achievement to the new program.
It’s also worth noting that only three AntiVirus programs, Norton 2010, eScan, and Security Essentials, scored Good in both removal of malware and removal of leftovers. So not only has Security Essentials beaten its main free competitors like AVG and Avast, it also performed equal or even better than many paid AntiVirus programs out there.