MSE 2.0 released with heuristics, network inspection

By Matthew · 19 replies
Dec 17, 2010
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  1. Microsoft has released a new version of its popular free antivirus software, Microsoft Security Essentials. The update adds several features that enhance MSE's offering as a complete security package, including heuristics, network traffic inspection, and improved integration with existing Windows software.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    LOL...I've been in the IT industry for about a thousand years and this is the first time I've ever heard of a "heuristic engine." Had to look it up.
  3. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    Doesn't Nod32 use the same tech?
  4. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 156   +34

    never heard of the term either.. lol
  5. Oh no....Hope this isn't becoming bloatware..I don't want everything...Just an antivirus thank you
  6. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

  7. Heuristics have been around for a while. It is mostly used to detect small changes to a virus. Used nod32 for a good amount of time while it had it and didn't have a problem with false positives.
  8. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    I tried version 1.0 for a while before switching to Avast. It's quite good actually. Now with version 2.0 available, Windows users no longer have a reason to run their PCs with antivirus protection. I wonder how much version 2.0 of MSE will impact system performance. MSE 1.0 was recommended by some writers as being ideal for gamers due to its light impact on system performance.
  9. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I've known about Heuristics for a while now. I THINK the first time I found out about it and had to look up what it was on the net was when I installed NOD32 about 3 years ago.
  10. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,657   +1,095

    I believe only kaspersky is better than this. I've worked with almost all of the important ones and i can say that my order is:
    1. kaspersky (not free)
    4. the rest.
  11. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    A lot of good Virus engines uses Heuristics based detection, to detect new viruses not in the database, so saying that its some MS mumbo jumbo isn't true, plenty of AV's have it.

    Its interesting to see MS have such a good AV, reducing the need to pay for external software. I use MSE and Comodo Firewall on most of my machines, Ultimate Free protection if you ask me :)
  12. 'Symantec Endpoint Protection' and the older 'Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition' have heuristic scanning options (Bloodhound heuristic virus detection)

    Off-course neither of these are free...

    So if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, then MSE 2.0 with the new features is a pretty good option
  13. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    What IT industry are you in? Are you doing IT support?

    Heuristic engines have been in use for many years now due to ever changing threats and the need to be caught before they can cause serious damage.

    Symantec uses the Bloodhouse (TM) engine which is one of the best out there.
  14. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    MSE is really good for advanced (careful) users who know whats going around in there PC and know how to be safe online
  15. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    I wrote about shareware when John McAfee was still driving around in his VW, trying to convince corporations he visited that viruses were a problem that was about to get much bigger. He'd show them an infection in their system, and they sometimes accused him of introducing it himself to sell his software. As I recall it took about 10 years for the corporate world to admit the new idea and not much longer for some corporate empire builder to buy the name and the tech so McAfee himself could go off to... Tahiti or wherever he went from there. No idea if the corporate world is where TomSEA has been supplying tech, but that might account for his not hearing of heuristic AV engines before now. Symantec/Norton has had it for years.
  16. I first looked up "heuristics" when I started using Malwarebytes.
  17. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    You say it isn't available for XP yet still provide an XP download shortcut?
  18. There are many that have this functionality antivirus: AVG, Avast, Avira, Comodo, PC Tools... even products like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware ... is not new ... and all these can be found for free.
  19. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    The program itself is available, with one feature non-functioning on XP. Reposted for your convenience:
  20. jgvmx

    jgvmx TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Good news, i hope MS improved speed a little. Not that it was slow to begin with, but certainly the overall system performance felt a little more sluggish than with other products like Avira and Avast, at least in the machines where i have tried it.

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