The Safest Browser Against Malware? IE9

NSS Labs found that IE9 detected 100 percent of the malware sites the company threw at the browser, followed by IE8 with 90 percent. The next best browsers were Safari 5, Firefox 4 and Chrome 10 with 13 percent each, followed by Opera with just 5 percent. Before you complain about the result, the foundation of the test may actually clarify the result.

NSS said it used about 650 sites as test sample, which it collected via spam emails, instant messages social networks and its own honeypots. Excluded from the test were typical browser vulnerabilities, as well as sites that integrate nasty clickjacking or drive-by downloads. All included websites required user action and, in a best case scenario, did not load in the browser window: instead, a browser should show a warning that the user is about to enter a website with malicious code.

NSS said that “Internet Explorer 9 was by far the best at protecting against socially-engineered malware, even before App Rep’s protection is layered on top of SmartScreen. The significance of Microsoft’s new application reputation technology cannot be overstated." About a year ago, NSS released results that were similarly in favor of IE8, but Chrome and Opera complained that they had no idea how NSS tested their browsers and had doubts about the accuracy of the result.

This time, NSS said that browser makers were invited to participate at no cost in the test.

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  • milktea
    I wonder IE9 would pass the OLE hacks similar to the PC flank leak test?
  • Anonymous
    and all this proves is that browser makers sux big, instead of having a single list of black listed sites open to and shared by all browsers, we have dis-parted list of black listed sites, they not trying to make the safest browser, they trying to win brownie points

    besides which, these sites came for spam... they is no way in hell your going be able to protect someone who was intelligent enough to click on a link sent via spam, you can presume no matter how 'safe' their browser really is that this person most probably is already sporting the latest and greatest Trojan. Your going need something more then a "this site maybe unsafe" warning to save them, i dont know maybe something like a defense against click jacking and drive by downloads as well as script blocking (which obvious has nothing to do with 'safe' browsers according to the researchers)
  • visa
    I agree with the other posts, nothing is foolproof and many users will end up doing something foolish to install malware themselves.

    Instead of a warning, they need a USB add-on that will give the user a quick squirt from a water bottle. Worked pretty well when my cat had a bad habit of sharpening her claws on the sofa.