Posted by: kurtsh | July 20, 2010

BETA: Microsoft Security Essentials v2.0 (Build 2.0.0375.0)

Looks like we finally announced Microsoft Security Essentials v2.0. (Build 2.0.0375.0)

I’ve been running the pre-Beta build (2.0.278.0) for the past couple months now and it’s been running like a rock star.  The thing that excites me the most about this is the incorporation of Network Inspection, which examines network adapter activity in real-time to protect your system from attempts to compromise your system.

I think this is easily gonna become the gold standard for Windows antimalware technology.  Here’s the announcement as posted on the Windows Blog:

Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winning no-cost light weight anti-malware service. It’s designed to help address the ongoing security needs of PCs running genuine Windows – helping keep people protected from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

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New features in the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include:

  • 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.

To download the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, click here to visit the Microsoft Connect page to register for the beta. Once completed – you will find the instructions for downloading and installing the beta. We value your feedback – beta participants are encouraged to provide feedback about their experiences with Microsoft Security Essentials through Microsoft Connect. Please note that this is a limited beta available in English (U.S.), Israel, and Brazilian Portuguese (the beta will also be available in China in Simplified Chinese later this year) and is available to genuine Windows users on a first come, first serve basis until the allotted spots for the beta have been reached.


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