Microsoft Security Essentials beta now available

Microsoft recently informed users who had signed up as a participant to the Microsoft Security Essentials beta that the program had officially begun, and is now available for download from Microsoft Connect.

The program is only available for those who signed up for the beta earlier this month, those who didn’t get accepted can’t download the application.

Microsoft have said the new version of Microsoft Security Essentials brings new features such as:

1. Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.

2. Enhanced performance: The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised.

3. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.

4. New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance.

The contents of the email testers received can be viewed below:

Welcome to the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta program!
The Beta program has started!
 You can now sign in and download the Beta from theMicrosoft Security Essentials Beta website.
The Beta program is a fully functional antimalware app with ongoing updates to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.  In addition to ongoing virus and spyware definition updates, we’ll provide software updates to the Beta for download through Microsoft Update on a periodic basis. To have these updates installed automatically, you must be subscribed to Microsoft Update with preferences set toAutomatically download and install new updates. Learn moreabout automatic updates through Microsoft Update.
During the Beta, you’ll receive additional emails from Microsoft inviting you to participate in optional surveys. These surveys provide us with important feedback that will help improve future versions of the product. Your participation makes a difference!
At the end of the Beta program, participants who are subscribed to automatic updates through Microsoft Update will be upgraded to the released version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Instructions for manually upgrading to the released version will be included in an email that you’ll receive at the end of the Beta period. Please note that to continue receiving technical support, you’ll need to upgrade or install the final version of Microsoft Security Essentials once it’s released.
Thanks again for participating in the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta program.
Best regards,
The Microsoft Security Essentials Team


Accepted testers can download the program directly from the portal at Microsoft Connect. The application is compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP1 and SP2. Your PC must also be running a genuine version of Windows, or the program will refuse to install.

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