Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 review and download

OneCare hadn’t been a success, and its anti-virus component wasn’t as effective as many of the free alternatives.So it is not surprise that Microsoft announced that it was halting development of its Windows Live OneCare product last year.

But now,Microsoft is back with it new Security product Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 (MSE 2.0).And as promised it is absolutely free and available to all genuine Windows XP, Vista, and 7 users, and will come in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants (32-bit only on XP).

Long story short, MSE is OneCare minus the stuff that’s not related to fighting malware. It doesn’t have a managed firewall, can’t manage a “circle” of computers on a home network, and doesn’t have any online backup tools.However,it do be effective with detecting  computer virus,and is small, fast, light at the same time.It shows much promise. In our tests it was decent at detecting malware, particularly in proactive tests that simulate the handling of new, unknown malware.In one word,you can trust Microsoft Security Essentials.

A few days ago,Microsoft announced the release of a beta for the 2.0 version of Microsoft Security Essentials. The beta has a few added features, and with mostly new protection and inspection engines. The interface has been tweaked just slightly, but it looks generally the same.Let me show you of this beta.( The images below has been reduced in size. Click on it to see the full version.)

MSE 2.0 interface

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0

During installation it will prompt you to turn on Windows Firewall if you do not use another piece of firewall software.It is a little Strange that intallation took nearly 15 mins on Windows XP,however,Windows 7 took about just 2 mins for the whole process.


1,Very simple user friendly interface. Easy schedules scan and update process.

2, Free to use ,and with No advertisement yet.

3,little false positives

4,It has the best performance out of any security software out there, freeware or paid.

5,In our tests it was decent at detecting malware, particularly in proactive tests that simulate the handling of new, unknown virus.

Areas for improvement:

1,One thing we hope Microsoft will improve is Microsoft Security Essentials’ relatively poky scan speed,even Quick scan was not so quick.

2,,it do be effective with detecting  computer virus but still need to improve the detection rate just a bit Compared to other best antivirus software.

Microsoft Security Essentials works with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 and is Microsoft’s free program to protect users against viruses and spyware, with the download sizes being 8 and 10MB.You can download the Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Stable version from HERE.

Over all,i think it worth to try this new Microsoft Security Essentials from Microsoft.I have been try to use it with ThreatFire,another freeware.It seems to be fine so far.