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Microsoft Releases New Security Essentials Beta

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Microsoft has introduced the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials in a new beta.

Tuesday Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said that the company has released a beta of the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). For the uninitiated, this is the company's "no-cost light weight anti-malware" service, providing genuine Windows users with in-house protection from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

According to LeBlanc, the new version is now integrated into Windows Firewall and Internet Explorer--the current, pre-beta version is somewhat of a stand-alone entity, only scanning files downloaded to the user's hard drive.

Leblanc also stated that the beta now uses a new protection engine which offers "enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance." Best of all, a network inspection system is now included, protecting against network-based exploits.

"In addition to ongoing virus and spyware definition updates, we will be providing software updates to the beta for download through Microsoft Update on a periodic basis," Microsoft said. "To have these updates installed automatically, you must be subscribed to Microsoft Update with preferences set to automatically download and install new updates."

To download the new beta, head here to visit the Microsoft Connect page to sign in or register. For those who are having issues downloading the installer from the main link, Microsoft has also provided a file transfer manager (FTM).

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    gogogadgetliver , July 22, 2010 5:27 PM
    Using it. Dig it. Lightweight, effective, free.
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    gogogadgetliver , July 22, 2010 5:27 PM
    Using it. Dig it. Lightweight, effective, free.
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    False_Dmitry_II , July 22, 2010 5:35 PM
    I think you need to mention that you just need a windows live/MSN account. Most will already have one.

    I'll try it and see if it annoys me less than AVG.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 5:35 PM
    Haven't tried the new Beta yet, but the one thing I Really, Really don't like about MS Security Essentials even though I've been using it the last 6 months or so is in the Settings under Default Actions, No Where does it give you the option to ASK FIRST!
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    thebigt42 , July 22, 2010 5:38 PM
    Does it fix the Shortcut hack?
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    False_Dmitry_II , July 22, 2010 5:39 PM
    Whoops spoke too soon.
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    shanky887614 , July 22, 2010 5:58 PM
    i perfer malwarebytes

    and if you pay you get an extra protection module and flash scan to scan your running processes
    (of course i run a firewall as well but so should everyone)

    it also has an option to block popups that can be disabled by simply right clicking it and clicking "website blocking"
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    i7Rocks , July 22, 2010 6:12 PM
    I've been using Security Essentials since beta and it is amazing, it has blocked viruses/malware on several occasions and it is super lightweight and unintrusive. I don't ever have to touch it, good job MS. I don't see how you could improve the performance, but thats fine with me.
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    kezix_69 , July 22, 2010 6:14 PM
    False_Dmitry_III think you need to mention that you just need a windows live/MSN account. Most will already have one.I'll try it and see if it annoys me less than AVG.


    AVG's protection capabilities (of their free version) has drastically gotten bad lately. I used to use AVG for years and then I decided to see if anything better had come out. I switched to Avira and actually found a few viruses on my computer that AVG never knew existed....

    I recommend that no one use AVG free unless it actually starts working again.
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    rohitbaran , July 22, 2010 6:28 PM
    Their security software has still a lot of scope for improvement before it reaches the levels of good solutions like Kaspersky and Avira.
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    Stryter , July 22, 2010 6:35 PM
    I've been using the security essentials for probably a year or so now. It seems to work pretty darn well for lightweight virus protection. It doesn't bombard me with messages or alerts either, like mcafee and norton would do.

    I've noticed that MS keeps its definition's pretty up-to-date with semi-regular updates. No real complaints, you get what you pay for (or don't pay for in this case).
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    mrecio , July 22, 2010 6:36 PM
    Im another user who used AVG free for many years, for the past 6 months my system has been clean as a whistle, or so i thought. After getting tired of the pop ups to upgrade to AVG pro i uninstalled and installed Microsoft Security Essentials and it found two viruses that AVG didnt. I no longer recommend anything but Microsoft and maybe Avira as free antivirus.
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    Silmarunya , July 22, 2010 6:49 PM
    Excellent for a free AV, but still not on par with most non-free ones. Personally I'm a big fan of Norton 360. Not so long ago they made extremely bloated and resource-hogging suites, but now they have a really lightweight and excellent AV, and it comes with some other features like disk defrag, back-ups, web information etc.
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    alphadark , July 22, 2010 6:59 PM
    I have been using WSE on my PC since April. Used to use Trend Micro but since this is free and uses minmal resources it is now my Preferred AV.
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    False_Dmitry_II , July 22, 2010 7:30 PM
    kezix_69AVG's protection capabilities (of their free version) has drastically gotten bad lately. I used to use AVG for years and then I decided to see if anything better had come out. I switched to Avira and actually found a few viruses on my computer that AVG never knew existed....I recommend that no one use AVG free unless it actually starts working again.


    Yeah, this beta found one thing that AVG didn't. And this comp that I'm giving it a test on has only had this OS on it for a few months.
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    stm1185 , July 22, 2010 7:59 PM
    I thought MS giving away free software with Windows was illegal use of a monopoly to control the markets. I mean surely how can they get away with giving people free Anti Virus, after getting away with giving people a free web browser! They must be stopped before they bankrupt all those poor people who spend 40 hrs a week perfecting the Norton Pop-ups annoying timing!
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    bochica , July 22, 2010 8:32 PM
    It is light weight until it comes to scanning large install files. It starts "pegging" the CPU, even on the fastest systems. If this new version fixes that, I will be very happy. Other than the pegging issue, it is does a good job, isn't that annoying, and it detects when something bad tries to hit your system and deals with it.
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    pojih , July 22, 2010 10:08 PM
    I didn't use any AV until I installed the MS program.

    Much less obtrusive than pretty much any other AV program I've used.

    To the people saying "But if you pay for something its better..." - that's the point, this is free.
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    NeeKo , July 22, 2010 10:15 PM
    Microsoft did it right this time :p 
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    iam2thecrowe , July 22, 2010 10:46 PM
    i wouldnt say that paying for norton is better, id rather have a virus than have norton on my computer
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