Microsoft opens beta of Security Essentials

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Free software due for release later this year.

Microsoft has made available the beta version of its forthcoming Security Essentials tool, designed to protect consumers against malware and other threats.

Previously codenamed Morro, Microsoft Security Essentials will eventually replace the Windows Live OneCare subscription service, which will cease to be available on 30 June.

The beta version is available only to a limited number of testers in the US, Brazil, Israel and China, and the full product is due for release before the end of 2009.

The product has been getting mixed verdicts in early tests. Some US reviewers concluded that it is up to the task, while others struck a more cautious note on whether it can stand up against rival security suites.

However, the fact that Security Essentials will be free to download should still cause concern among the specialist security vendors.

"Although Microsoft says its intention is to reach the people who currently have no protection, rather than grab market share from security vendors, it cannot fail to take a significant slice of the low-end market in the consumer and small business sectors," said Ovum analyst Graham Titterington.

Security Essentials is designed to offer protection against viruses, spyware and other malicious software, according to Microsoft, including the ability to detect and remove rootkits.

However, the company also said that Security Essentials is a lightweight client that will not overburden system resources, even on older PCs or less powerful systems such as netbooks. It will make use of CPU throttling, and will run scans and signature updates when the PC is idle and use a low-priority thread.

Security Essentials is designed to run on a Windows XP PC with a minimum 500MHz processor and 256MB memory, while Vista and Windows 7 PCs must have a 1GHz processor and 1GB memory.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Microsoft opens beta of Security Essentials
 
 
 
Top Stories
Microsoft confirms Australian Azure launch
Available from next week.
 
NBN Co names first 140 FTTN sites
National trial extended.
 
Cloud, big data propel bank CISOs into the boardroom
And this time, they are welcome.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Do you direct debit customers? Read this
Oct 10, 2014
Authorities have been targeting direct debit practices with iiNet and Dodo receiving formal ...
Optus expands 4G coverage
Oct 10, 2014
If you rely on an Optus phone for work you might be interested to know that there are now 200 ...
Microsoft Office is now free for some charities
Oct 10, 2014
Microsoft has announced that eligible Australian non-profit organisations and charities can now ...
Vodafone lights up 4G in Adelaide
Oct 9, 2014
Live and work in Adelaide? Vodafone has switched on its 4G network in the city and suburbs.
Next year tradies will be able to take payments using ingogo
Oct 3, 2014
Ingogo is going to provide a card payment service for Xero users.
Latest Comments
Polls
In which area is your IT shop hiring the most staff?




   |   View results
IT security and risk
  25%
 
Sourcing and strategy
  12%
 
IT infrastructure (servers, storage, networking)
  23%
 
End user computing (desktops, mobiles, apps)
  13%
 
Software development
  26%
TOTAL VOTES: 236

Vote
Would your InfoSec team be prepared to share threat data with the Australian Government?

   |   View results
Yes
  62%
 
No
  38%
TOTAL VOTES: 74

Vote