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Microsoft Security Essentials BETA

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Microsoft has chosen to make a public beta version of the next Microsoft Security Essentials. The Beta is downloadable from Microsoft Connect and exists in both a x86 and x64 version.

New Features

  1. Windows® Firewall integration: Microsoft Security Essentials setup allows you to turn on Windows Firewall.
  2. Enhanced protection from web-based threats: Microsoft Security Essentials has enhanced integration with Internet Explorer® which helps prevent malicious scripts from running and provides improved protection against web based attacks.
  3. New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities and better performance.

System Requirements

The System requirements are currently unchanged.

  1. Operating System:
    • Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3)
    • Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2)
    • Windows 7
  2. For Windows XP, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or higher, and 256 MB RAM or higher.
  3. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.
  4. VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher
  5. 140 MB of available hard disk space.
  6. An Internet connection is required for installation and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials.
  7. Internet Browser:
    • Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.
    • Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later.
  8. Microsoft Security Essentials also supports Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. For more information, see the system requirements for Windows XP Mode in Windows 7


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