Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta Available

Just a quick update for this evening.

In news that might have slipped under the radar, Microsoft has released a beta version of its popular Microsoft Security Essentials software. This version of the software sports a few new features but also keeps down the bloat which is great for low end computers like netbooks. New features include:

  • Windows Firewall integration,
  • Internet Explorer integration (to help prevent against malware coming from the web),
  • Revised protection engine (for more efficient detection and overall performance),
  • Enhanced network protection (to help protect against threats on your local network).
Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

On the surface it looks very much the same as the first version except for the black background. Functionality is also pretty similar and it does its thing in the background without nagging you unless it finds something (which I exactly the way I like it).

If you are keen to give it a try, you can visit Microsoft Connect and sign up for the beta. It’s available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 so most people should be able to install it. Just a word of warning, it is beta software so it can have the potential to crash your system or do bad stuff. Having said that, I have been using it without too many issues on my desktop computer at home.

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