I have been testing Morro for a little while on my home netbook and my wife’s tablet with great success. I previously had OneCare running on these home computers so I thought I would continue with Microsoft’s consumer AV solution. Are you a consumer interested in a no-cost anti-malware/anti-virus product that provides real-time protection to address the ongoing security needs of a Windows PC?
Enter “Microsoft Security Essentials”.
WHAT IS MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS? Microsoft Security Essentials is essentially our free anti-virus product for consumers based on the same #1 detection engine built into Microsoft’s Enterprise/Corporate anti-malware security & protection software, “Forefront for Clients & Servers”.
Today, few do a better job of protecting desktops & servers from new virus, worm, and trojan threats than Microsoft’s Anti-Malware engine. This is why “Microsoft Forefront Security for Clients” was ranked in the top 3 anti-virus products specifically for undiscovered or ‘zero-day’ threats, recently outperforming common names such as Symantec, Computer Associates, McAfee, TrendMicro, Kaspersky, and other smaller names like AVG and Panda.
HOW DO I GET IT? Microsoft Security Essentials is available to the first 75,000 visitors at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials. It will be accessible to beta testers in English in the US and Israel as well as Brazilian Portuguese testers. Support for Simplified Chinese in China is scheduled to follow in 30 days.
Microsoft Security Essentials is scheduled to release in the second half of 2010 in 19 geographies.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FOREFRONT CLIENT SECURITY & MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS
Forefront Client Security
Microsoft Security Essentials
Email & Phone, including Premier Support
Community & email support only
Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Support
Group Policy Controls
Centralized Management & Reporting
Integrated Host Firewall Management
Security State Assessments & Remediation
Network Access Protection Integration
External Device Control
Automatic Endpoint Discovery