Study: IE9 Tops The Chart, Best At Blocking Malware

Posted on Sep 28 2012 - 5:15am by Editorial Staff

According to recent study published by NSS Labs indicating which browser is the best. Based on firm’s test result on different browsers i.e. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome versions 15 through 19, Mozilla Firefox versions 7 through 13, and Apple Safari 5, Internet Explorer blocks a total of 95 percent of malicious activity, while Chrome blocks only 33 percent. Safari and Firefox both block less than 6 percent.

The click fraud malware was blocked at significantly lower rate by 3 of the 4 browsers tested. IE in this also perform the best, blocked 96.6 percent of click fraud malware, while Chrome stops only 1.6 percent and Firefox and Safari block only 0.8 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. To conduct its study, NSS Labs performed significant research over a period of 175 days (December 2, 2011 to May 25, 2012) into the protection capabilities of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Key findings include:

  • Click fraud itself causes minimal direct harm to the typical end user as the ultimate target is the ad buyer.
  • Consumer and corporate users, however, are infected by additional malware as a by-product of click fraud installation.
  • Click fraud catch rates are Chrome 1.6%, Firefox 0.8%, Internet Explorer 96.6%, and Safari 0.7%.
  • Services are available that may help ad buyers identify click fraud.  However, service contracts with ad networks may contain clauses that restrict ad buyers’ ability to recover damages for click fraud.
  • The average lifespan of a click fraud URL was 32 hours with over 50% expiring within 54 hours.
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