Microsoft Security Essentials beta available now

Well it’s now here for those people that were eagerly awaiting the beta: Microsoft have just sent out emails informing beta program participants that the new Microsoft Security Essentials Public Beta is available for download. If you accepted the invitation sent out earlier this month, simply go to the Microsoft Connect website and start your download.

According to Microsoft there are four major improvements to Microsoft Security Essentials with this beta:

  • Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.
  • Enhanced performance: The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised.
  • Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.
  • New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance.

It’s good to see here from this list that Microsoft are dedicated to improving the protection engine and malware prevention methods while still keeping the software free to download and use. Keep in mind that to run the beta you must be using either Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP1 or SP2, or Windows XP SP3. Your computer must also be running genuine Windows, as is a requirement with the non-beta version as well.

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I don't just want the try the beta, I want to report some critical bugs but Connect isn't allowing that although I can download the beta. There's no "Feedback" section yet.

I find it a bit odd they completely skipped over a "version 3.0" but whatever - last version was 2.xxx and now we're all the way at 4.0.1111.0 and rising. Who knows...

And going from V2 to V4 basically consists of removing a few icons and making it look like V1. Someone at MS is sure earning their money!

I agree, nothing special to look at, it's just an antivirus' GUI for crying out loud...that'd be like me saying, "oh, Norton 2001's GUI makes more sense", then crying about it because I had to reformat because it missed the XYZ rootkit....I like what was said in the thread though: it's not like it was a Ms. Word contest, it's an antivirus, are we going for cosmetics? or functionality? I vote for the latter, the former just gets everyone upset (that is, when they decide to change the GUI or something.....) If it's anything like 8's Defender-like-integration/speed, I'm all for it! 8's version seems better to me, although that may be what Microsoft is shooting for...I'm not sure, nor do I care. As long as it does the job, it could look like a diamond-covered turd, and I wouldn't care.....as long as it does a job that it was intended for, then mission accomplished!

So far, it does appear to be faster in terms of running apps and stuff, but of course this may just be the old mind-trick effect. lol But this is good especially since I see the extra real-time protection settings are gone (such as "monitor only incoming files", etc.). And I noticed there is now only 1 system driver loaded (MpFilter.sys), so they must have combined the other 2 into the main driver.

Frank2029 said,
Thats why my MSE looks like right now so wtf is the difference?

The things other than looks? You know, the important parts of an antivirus.

Frank2029 said,
Thats why my MSE looks like right now so wtf is the difference?

You evidently don't even know the difference between "why" and "what".

Minimoose said,

The things other than looks? You know, the important parts of an antivirus.


He might have been referencing to the item "Simplified UI - Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.", which is listed as a "major improvement". It appears that all they've done is remove some graphics.

Frank2029 said,
Thats why my MSE looks like right now so wtf is the difference?

Me too I've been trying to find the Simplified UI "improvement"...

Is MSE also recommended for someone that's been using NOD32 since ages back? Does it offer the same amount of security and is it also just as invisible as NOD32? Would be good to know!

.Markus said,
Is MSE also recommended for someone that's been using NOD32 since ages back? Does it offer the same amount of security and is it also just as invisible as NOD32? Would be good to know!

I'm using both for ages (on different machines). Only problem for me with MSE is when you open folder with a lots of files (especially EXEs) thing can be rather slow. All in all, great software when you take price in consideration

The simplified UI in Microsoft's terms is changing the background to a plain colour again like in V1, removing the icons next to the function names (like Home and update), and changing the PC Status at the top from a fading colour to a solid Metro like colour.

Possession said,
The simplified UI in Microsoft's terms is changing the background to a plain colour again like in V1, removing the icons next to the function names (like Home and update), and changing the PC Status at the top from a fading colour to a solid Metro like colour.
so no metro?