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Microsoft Releases New Security Essentials 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).

  • gogogadgetliver
    Using it. Dig it. Lightweight, effective, free.
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  • False_Dmitry_II
    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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  • 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
    Microsoft Security Essentials sounds like Military Intelligence or some other oxymoron
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  • thebigt42
    Does it fix the Shortcut hack?
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  • False_Dmitry_II
    Whoops spoke too soon.
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  • shanky887614
    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
    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
    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
    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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