Microsoft Security Essentials Beta Goes Live, Downloads Limited
Article by George Norman
On 24 Jun 2009
Microsoft Security Essential, the free security software solution formerly known as Morro and meant to kill off Windows Live OneCare, has been made available for download to the public as of yesterday, June 23, just as expected. The good news is that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) Beta is designed to protect you from all the regular malware types you can encounter online; and on top of that, the software updates itself, which is great for us guys who forget to update.

“With Microsoft Security Essentials Beta, you get high-quality protection against viruses and spyware, including Trojans, worms and other malicious software. And best of all, there are no costs or annoying subscriptions to keep track of. Security Essentials is easy to install and easy to use. Updates and upgrades are automatic, so there's no need to worry about having the latest protection,” explained Microsoft.


Being protected by MSE does not mean you have to give up on system resources – not a lot of system resources anyway. The security software solution has been designed with less powerful machines in mind and consequently it will be gentle on your system resources. It has also been designed to work well with slow internet connections. Microsoft Security Essentials will run in the background, not needing a lot of resources or a lot of attention – it will do its job and only prompt you when user interaction is needed.

Microsoft again: “When you're busy using your PC, you don't want to be bothered by needless alerts. Security Essentials runs quietly in the background, only alerting you if there's something you need to do. And it doesn't use a lot of system resources, so it won't get in the way of your work or fun.”

There is a downside though, or better yet several downsides:
- Microsoft Security Essential Beta downloads are limited to 75,000. That number may be increased if it is necessary, Microsoft informed.
- MSE Beta is available to users from these countries: US of A, Israel (English), People's Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese).
- MSE will validate if you have a genuine Windows version installed on your machine. If you are interested in Microsoft Security Essential because it comes for free (you cannot afford to pay for a full security software solution), and money-related problems lead you to install a pirated version of Windows on your machine, then you are better of keeping away from MSE.

If you would like to get Microsoft Security Essential Beta, a download location is available here.
For a few screenshots of MSE in action, click here.

Tags: Microsoft, Morro, Microsoft Security Essentials
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