Microsoft set to beta Microsoft Security Essentials June 23

Microsoft confirmed today that they plan to release a public beta of Microsoft Security Essentials (formerly codenamed Morro) on June 23.

The free anti-virus product will begin with a beta program next week and an updated beta version over the summer period. Company officials also confirmed that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) will be launching in fall this year. We have learned that Microsoft is targeting September or at the latest to have the anti-virus software available for the October 22 Windows 7 launch.

Formerly known as Morro, the software giant plans to replace its Windows Live OneCare offerings with MSE later in the year. Microsoft will discontinue retail sales of OneCare on June 30 so you won't be able to purchase it in store after that date, but consumers will still be able to purchase the product after 30 June directly from Microsoft.

The beta will be available next Tuesday in limited form, Microsoft is targeting it at the first 75,000 US, Israel and Brazil based customers. A Chinese beta will be available in mid July. Similar to the Windows 7 beta it is likely the company will expand the offering to meet demand.

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Dario-s said,
Runs great on Windows 7 RC and Windows Vista.


the one that has been leaked?

it doesn't have a specific Win 7 version, so which one did you install?

Some Facts About MSE Leaked Version :
Its available on M******a
Its for Xp & Vista but runs absolutely fine on 7.
There is no jumplist support in MSE for 7
The installer has a live icon 256x256 but the MSE application itself hasn't (I hate that)
The icon looks fine but it looks quite ugly in the notification area.
It installs instantly.
Takes some time to update definitons
Then u are ready to go.
There is option for (SCAN WHEN IDLE) which i think, is a common feature on Most of the AVs out dere.
Custom scan is available.U can also click on files,folder etc to scan em... (Nothing special i know)
When u open the MSE,it opens instantly... just like NAV09.(Keep in Mind that NAV has the least footprint in AVs)
The user inteface Utility Consumes approx. 5.5 to 6. MB (It varies)
The Antimalware Service takes about 30000 to 36000 K (When Idle.ie no virus scanning etc)
Uses Only Two processes named as 'msseces.exe' & 'MsMpEng.exe'
Scan speed is fine... U wont say "OMG ITS AWESOME"...but it isnt bad either
Definiton updates are done on daily basis....... ( This won't compete with Norton Pulse updates or sth)
It Monitors file activity on ur computer and scans attachments and Downloaded files
No Support for Messenger Scan or sumthing
No Support for MSoffice scan
There is a similar feature in MSE known as Exclude process.Remember Norton insight ? its similar to that.but in MSE we have to manually exclude processes.
It can scan files within zip and cab files... ( .ZIP is not special but .CAB content scanning is sumthin cool )
Creates a restore point when deleting infected files. Cool eh

Conclusion:
Its really Simple & easy to use
I personally think that it is a nice basic Security Solution.
People who need a Simple light AV and who dont like Third party stuff can use it.... its nice.
I like its simplicity !
Anyway its still not even a beta... so we have to see alot more...

I find it odd that MS's own product won't scan Live Mess and Office. Free or not, there is no excuse for that.

Not sure I'll try this..Norton 2009 Gaming Edition takes the top spot in everything....memory consumption, detection, features, UI, convenient yet customizable setup.

xpclient said,
Not sure I'll try this..Norton 2009 Gaming Edition takes the top spot in everything....memory consumption, detection, features, UI, convenient yet customizable setup.

Is it free?

xpclient said,
Not sure I'll try this..Norton 2009 Gaming Edition takes the top spot in everything....memory consumption, detection, features, UI, convenient yet customizable setup.

The preceding was a free commercial announcement for Symantec Corporation.

:D

First of all the beta is limited so this could be bad I have a feeling that the server won't be able to handle it and making a sign-up process a mess.

nozen09 said,
First of all the beta is limited so this could be bad I have a feeling that the server won't be able to handle it and making a sign-up process a mess.

Don't be silly.

Lots of security by Microsoft!! They better remove Defender from Win7 and instead add Morro (I like Morro's name) they can even put win7 regular firewall in Microsoft Security Essentials(Morro) as an additional tab, Win7 with build in Microsoft Security Essentials(Morro+Firewall), sounds cool to me...

People don't read the replies huh? There's so much discussion that they won't bundle it with win7 so they don't deal with more legal issues from EU/antivirus vendors.

ruhgster said,
People don't read the replies huh? There's so much discussion that they won't bundle it with win7 so they don't deal with more legal issues from EU/antivirus vendors.

I read it!! but I like it to bundle with Win7!! My Idea...(never mind)

i think we should wait to see its ability of defense against viruses by looking for results of various independent organizations that carry out the tests & compare various AV(s). i wont put my data at risk using Morro until i am convinced it really protects.

I agree with imaak's points. My system is ancient so I notice a tiny slowdown but nothing like Symantec or AVG. Well done Microsoft. Let's see how the next few months work out....

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