The award-winning free anti-malware software from Microsoft which was first released in September 2009 comes in a new version at Beta stage.
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) next version (was not named yet as Version 2.0 or V2) has new features including:
- Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off.
- Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats.
- New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.
- Network inspection system – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials.
The Network inspection system feature, however, won’t work on Windows XP since it requires Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) to run. WFP is only available in Windows 7 and Vista.
To download Microsoft Security Essentials Beta, users have to visit Microsoft Connect page for registration. Once completed, users will find instructions for downloading and installing the beta.
If you encounter issues downloading MSE Beta after signing into MS Connect, Microsoft suggested using file transfer manager within MS Connect to download the beta files. Once you logged on to MS Connect, click “Download MSE Beta”, select the compatible version for your system, and click download.