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

 

Feature

Forefront Client Security

Microsoft Security Essentials

Pricing

$12.72

Free

Support

Email & Phone, including Premier Support

Community & email support only

Antivirus/Antispyware

Yes

Yes

Rootkit Protection

Yes

Yes

Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Support

Yes

Yes

Group Policy Controls

Yes

No

Centralized Management & Reporting

Yes

No

Integrated Host Firewall Management

Yes

No

Security State Assessments & Remediation

Yes

No

Network Access Protection Integration

Yes

No

External Device Control

Yes

No

Automatic Endpoint Discovery

Yes

No

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