Microsoft announced this release about a couple weeks ago and it’s finally available download through Microsoft Connect now. If for some reason, this is the first time you heard of Microsoft Security Essentials, congratulations, because from now on you can kiss goodbye to the other anti-virus products, weather it’s free or paid. This is all you need to keep the bad guys away from your computer, assuming you are aware of the basic rules what to do and what not to do.
This Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes the following new features and enhancements to better help protect your PC from threats:
Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.
Enhanced performance: The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised.
Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.
New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance.
Interested in giving it a ride?
To download, go to this Microsoft Connect page first. You have to sign in with your Live account to get in. And download a version that matches your Operating system, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
Installation is seamless. It’s even better if you already have MSE installed before. The installation process is smart enough to know and will upgrade it for you without any extra effort.
Once it’s installed, you can verify that the version of MSE is on 4.0 from the About window.
Even though it’s claimed that the beta has the simplified UI, I see it exactly the same as the version 3. But that doesn’t seem matter too much to an anti-virus program, since its main task is to stop the bad worm coming in. Besides, the UI of this Microsoft Security Essentials is fairly good to me.