The new beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials was launched yesterday to a limited amount of users. Here we’ll take a look at what you expect from the new version of PC security application.
This new beta version that we’ll take a look at was released through Microsoft Connect and is available on a first come first serve basis. It is not available in all countries either, so depending on your location you might not have access to it. It is available in both 32 & 64-bit versions.
Installation and Setup
You will need to log into your Microsoft Connect account, or sign up if you don’t have one yet. Then you can download the version which is right for your OS.
Apparently there were problems downloading the file from MS Connect yesterday and they recommended a work around is to use the Microsoft File Transfer Manager (look at the below link).
Installation is quite easy following the install wizard. If you already have version 1.0 of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) installed, you’ll be able to Upgrade.
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It will offer to turn on Windows Firewall for you. It you use another firewall application or just don’t want it turned on you can uncheck it.
Now wait while the upgrade takes place. The amount of time it takes will vary. We installed the 32-bit version on a Windows 7 Home Premium Core2 Duo system and took around three minutes.
To finish the upgrade a reboot is required.
After getting back from the Restart you can begin setting it up. The user interface has a bit of a new look, but using it is essentially the same as the current version.
If you don’t have the current version of MSE installed, there is no Restart required, it will offer to get the latest definition updates and scan your system right away.
It still has the features you’re already used to such as scheduling scans and real-time protection, and offers new features as well. One of the new interesting features for Windows 7 & Vista (not available in XP or 2003) is you can enable network protection. This will inspect your network traffic and block any suspicious connections. A very nice feature for those with a home or small business network.
Also it includes the Firewall integration that we looked at during the installation. It integrates with Internet Explorer to protect against web-based threats such as malicious scripts.
It also includes a new updated protection engine that offers better detection, easier cleanup, and better performance. We ran some fake test virus files and the detection was as good as the current version and cleanup was a breeze.
We hope that these screenshots will help you.