Microsoft Security Essentials beta kicks off

By on
As promised, Microsoft today released its Security Essentials beta, the free product for fighting viruses, spyware, rootkits, and Trojans that is replacing Redmondís paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service. The beta is available in 32 and 64-bit flavors for the first 75,000 users, although Microsoft says this is a target number, and it is willing to increase it if necessary Ė just like it did with Windows 7 Beta.

Microsoft is pitching the software as a basic antimalware solution that consumes less memory and disk space than commercial security suites from the likes of Symantec and McAfee. Users can download MSE from Microsoft Connect by going to, logging in with their Windows Live ID, and taking a seven-question survey. If you are not put off by the extra steps, youíll find download links for XP, Vista and Windows 7. Not surprisingly, the software won't work with pirated or non-validated versions of Windows.

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.