Microsoft recently released a new version of its popular security program, Security Essentials, to beta testers. Security Essentials 4 is set to bring several new features and we have a quick video walk-through of the recent beta release.
To recap, Microsoft Security Essentials v4 contains the following new features:
- Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation – The Beta will clean high-impact malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.
- Enhanced performance – The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t negatively impacted.
- Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.
- New and improved protection engine – The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities.
For those who were lucky enough to be able to participate in the beta program, this new build of Security Essentials packs several new features as mentioned above, but lacks any major user interface changes. One thing to note, however, is the version number jumping from the latest stable release (version 2) to this beta (version 4). Either Microsoft cannot count or there is a reason for the number jumping that Microsoft plans on explaining later on.
One of the major improvements of Security Essentials 4 is the efficient use of system resources. Microsoft has implemented several performance tweaks to make sure your computer stays protected while minimally impacting performance.
Other noteworthy features include a new scheduling system for system scans at your pre-designated times, as well as limited user intervention when it comes to dealing with large number of threats.
For now, Security Essentials is only available for those who are accepted into the beta program. No word yet on when Microsoft plans on officially releasing the security software.
*Update* You can now download the beta version unofficially here.