Apply for Microsoft's Security Essentials ongoing beta

Microsoft is still accepting beta testers for its "ongoing beta" of Security Essentials.

Security Essentials build 1.0.1611.0 was released to the public at the end of September and Microsoft promised future updates. The beta test program offers a test build named 1.0.1676.0 for download which updates to 1.0.1743.0.

Security Essentials is designed to work on Windows XP, Vista and 7 and protects end users against virus threats and spy ware. MSE is Microsoft's free anti-virus and anti-spyware product that replaced Microsoft's paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service which was withdrawn earlier this year. Neowin exclusively revealed Security Essentials in June when it was codenamed "Morro".

If you'd like to test the ongoing beta then follow the sign-up link below. If you sign-up you should be auto accepted. Thanks to Rafael Rivera for the news tip.

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I had to fix a machine that got totally pwned by a "fake AV" and MSE just stood there like nothing was going on. I am not flaming the program, but this incident has caused me to loose confidence in the program. I have a free copy of NAV 2010 and i am debating on installing. I don't really want to take a performance hit.

i started using MSE, going from AVG free, soon i noticed strange processes and i begin to investigate, MSE was not capable of detecting some VERY basic trojans & virus, total crap, its a shame because i really liked MSE, mostly because the almost null performance hit, but it was very good to be true, back to AVG free.

for the record, im not flaming indeed i had very big expectations for MSE, which it failed totally, you are free to test it with different malwares.

Andrew Lyle said,
Sweet! Probably my new favourite anti-virus protector :)

It's nice I agree. But I'm a little curious about it's detection quality compared to other AV software.

Actually, MSE recently nailed a virus that not even AVG or Avira were able to pick up. Picked up the virus too without having to run the scan. Of course, the scan was run simply to be sure, but from the looks of it, it successfully removed it with ease.

Of course, that is only my experience, but after seeing it first hand, I'm quite positive in trusting it compared to the other free AV software out there.

Unfortunately the Windows Home Server does not appear to realize this is a valid Anti-Virus prog. I keep getting network issue prompts because of it on one of my machines. I had hoped Power Pack 3 would fix it but it doesn't appear to have.

I think you'll have to wait for the next version of WHS, seeing how it's built off of a custom win2k3 version, you'd think it'd be about time they updated ot to win2k8R2.

I'm pretty sure he means that WHS is not recognising MSE beta as valid AV protection on the client it's managing.

After running without an AV for so long, installing security essentials reminds me why I hate AVs. File downloads have to be scanned, there is a pause. Opening a large executable takes longer before UAC pops up....etc.

There is always room to improve performance.

lee26 said,
Never had anything like that in years. Also if you hate UAC then disable it. It's not hard.

Me neither. The delay isn't even noticeable anymore with AV software that I've used... Plus, the benefits outweigh the costs most definitely.

It fits in with Windows Vista/7 and replaced the Windows Defender feature, but if it was integrated in then there'd probably be another lawsuit like IE.

TonyLock said,
This program looks ugly and it's features should have been built in to the Windows7 core anyway.


Microsoft is not allowed to build certain things into it's OS.

TonyLock said,
This program looks ugly and it's features should have been built in to the Windows7 core anyway.

this needs some work this is only about a 6 out of 10 on the troll scale

If they build it into Windows they'd get sued for anti-competitive practises. See everyone wants Windows to be more secure, but Microsoft have to do it and look after everyone else's corporate interests at the same time.

Frank Fontaine said,
If they build it into Windows they'd get sued for anti-competitive practises. See everyone wants Windows to be more secure, but Microsoft have to do it and look after everyone else's corporate interests at the same time.

Yeah, just the fact that Microsoft was working on something like this created quite the stink as I recall... I can only imagine if they had packaged it in to Windows.

It is final. This version is a beta of upcoming developments with MSE though.

Think Firefox 3.5 being the release, with 3.6 being in beta.

They need to fix the updating issue. Sometimes it takes 2 days to check for new updates. Kinda annoying to have to update it manually daily.

Create a batch file with following:

@echo off
cd C:Program FilesMicrosoft Security Essentials
start /min MpCmdRun.exe -SignatureUpdate


Then go to (in win7) start/all prog/accesories/system tools/task scheduler and add a task to check for update (run the above batch file) at 6am and 6pm daily. Make sure to check the option to "run task as soon as possible after scheduled task is missed" under settings.

With this setup mine update at least daily sometimes more frequently.

Ridlas said,
They need to fix the updating issue. Sometimes it takes 2 days to check for new updates. Kinda annoying to have to update it manually daily.


Have to update it manually?

What sites do you visit make it likely that you'll get hit by something that's less than 2 days old?

Google.com? A large amount of click-through malware these days is less than two days old - sometimes they're recompiled hourly. Cloud-based antimalware products are getting quite popular, which mean minutes between antivirus vendors knowing about a threat and protection for all of their customers. One week is enough time for a definition set to drop from being 95% effective to under 60% (http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report24.pdf). I'm sure a large amount of that drop is within a couple of days.

Out of date antivirus is borderline useless.

I started using this with my Win 7 copy.. it works great.. waay better than AVG as well.. doesn't slow you computer up at all. ..

Actually the Beta test build is up to version 1.0.1743.0. Well, that's the version I'm running under Vista Home 64.

I dunno, since I haven't used a newer build but I'm going to guess it's got a faster engine for better performance and so on.

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