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29 September 2009, 11:09

Microsoft provides free Security Essentials anti-virus solution

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Zoom Microsoft Security Essentials beta on Windows 7.
Microsoft has announced that the final version of its free Security Essentials (MSE, formerly Morro) virus protection software will become available to download later today. MSE will be released in eight languages for 19 countries including Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. No registration is required. Microsoft Security Essentials is available as a 32-bit version for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 and both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for Windows Vista and Windows 7. MSE offers an on-demand scanner as well as real-time protection and it monitors hard disk accesses by default.

At the end of June, Microsoft made the beta version of MSE officially available to a limited number of users in selected countries, including the US, the UK, Israel, China and Brazil. At the time ran a short test with the beta version to establish its detection performance. The software detected a set of 3,194 common viruses, worms and bots, and responded to the threats in the defined way (deletion, quarantine). In a test with numerous healthy files, MSE didn't produce any false alarms. While the performance of the final version is likely to be the same as the beta, only further testing will establish whether it can compete with other free virus scanners.

Microsoft's press release says that by making Security Essentials easy to get and easy to use, Microsoft hopes to encourage more users to install anti-virus protection and help increase security across the entire Windows ecosystem.

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