Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 is now out of beta
– Free download Microsoft Security Essentials 2! This is definitely one of the essential security software from microsoft, for genuine windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), windows vista and windows xp (32 bit).
We earlier did a features review of this free antivirus software from Microsoft, that protects computers running windows operating system against any kind of malware including viruses, spyware and rootkit! This Windows Security Essentials not only works great as an antivirus for home computers, but also proves to be a worthy free antivirus software for small businesses running windows 7 on their PCs.
Unlike other free antivirus software solutions like the avg 2011 free download, avast free download, avira antivirus etc., this free microsoft security product would require you to run genuine windows operating system on your computer. Microsoft has done away with genuine validation for Office 2010, when you download word templates or any other office add-ins, but it does retain the validation program for windows! Hence, you would have to still pass the validation for downloading and using one of the best free antivirus software.
What is new in Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 for Windows?
While version 1.0 of Microsoft Security Essentials did provide all the necessary protection for computers, microsoft security essentials 2.0 provides the following new features.
- A network intrusion detection system that works on Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is one of the main features off MSE 2.0. This system monitors all activities like sending and receiving of information, for any suspected intrusion that works in the background.
- A new anti-malware engine that employs heuristics in malware detection. This was essential as version 1.0 was depending on anti-malware definitions, an outdated detection technology.
- Integration with Internet Explorer to protect users against web based threats.
Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 also gives you the option to turn the windows firewall on or off.This was available through the OS but it is a good move to add the switch here as well, since the antivirus is supposed to serve as a PC Security hub.The warning definitely helps those who have accidentally turned off the firewall and others who aren’t even aware of its existence.
There is also an option to limit CPU usage, during scans, and to completely opt out of the Microsoft Spy-net program.Enjoy free virus protection with MSE 2.0.
Upgrade or Download Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 for free
Overall MSE 2.0 engine is designed to run faster and less obtrusively, while providing the best security for Windows OS.
Existing users of MSE will also have to download the above installer, as it doesn’t seem to be automatically pushed into their systems yet! If you haven’t yet upgraded, it is time you do so and enjoy the free antivirus software.