Microsoft Announces Security Essentials Beta Program

Pulkit Chandna

Launched over two years back, Microsoft Security Essentials has established itself as one of the best free security apps out there. In this time, two versions of the free anti-virus have been released to mostly positive reviews. Our own reviews of MSE are a point in case. Now Microsoft is laying the groundwork for the release of the tool’s next version.

The company has announced that the beta of the next version of MSE is now open for registration . If you wish to participate please hurry as Microsoft will only be accepting a limited number of applications for the beta.

"The number of users than can participate in the Beta is limited, so sign up today and we will notify you once the Beta is available for download," announced the Security Essentials team Friday. "We anticipate the Microsoft Security Essentials beta to be available to the general public by the end of the year."

The enhancements that will be part of the beta version are:

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

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