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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Microsoft security essentials beta released by Microsoft

The free antivirus (AV) from Microsoft, "Microsoft Security Essentials beta version" has been released. It is now available for download at Microsoft web site (click here for the download page) but it is only available to customers in the United States, Israel (English only), People's Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only).

This new AV from Microsoft will be replacing the companies previous AV, Windows Live OneCare that will be phased out this November. This AV will be offering protection against viruses, trojans, worms and spywares. A comprehensive review can be found here.

System requirements of Microsoft Security Essentials:

* Operating System: Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista;
Windows 7 (Beta or Release Candidate)
* For Windows XP, a Personal Computer with a:
o CPU with clock speed of 500 MHz or higher
o Memory: 256 MB RAM or higher
* For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a Personal Computer with a:
o CPU with clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher
o Memory: 1 GB RAM or higher
* VGA (Display): 800 x 600 or higher
* Storage: 140 MB of available hard-disk space
* An Internet connection is required for installation and to download the latest virus and
spyware definitions for Microsoft Microsoft Security Essentials.
* Internet Browser:
o Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
o Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later