Thursday, December 16, 2010

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Released

Along with release to manufacturing of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) for business users, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 2.0 has been released.  The updated version of MSE includes the following enhancements:

  • Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats.
  • New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.
  • Network inspection system* – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials.

*Windows XP Users Note:   As explained when the MSE Beta was announced, the network inspection system feature is not enabled on Windows XP. The network inspection system requires the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) in order to run.  WFP is only available in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

How to get MSE 2.0:

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center.  
  1. Select the correct version:  MSE has both a 32 and 64-bit version.  (To determine If your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows, click the Start button > Control Panel > System and Security > System.  The system type is shown under System.)  
  2. If you have a different antivirus software program already installed, it will be necessary to uninstall it before installing MSE. You may want to use AppRemover to remove the left-overs not removed during the normal uninstall process of the antivirus program.
  3. It is highly advised to install all Microsoft Security Updates prior to installing MSE.
  4. Do NOT install MSE on an already infected system.  If you need assistance removing malware from your computer, seek help from a by trained analyst.  A a fairly comprehensive list is available here:  Malware Removal Help Sites.
  5. The Installation process is essentially the same as for the original release, described in this tutorial
If you are already running MSE on your computer, it is easy to update to the new version.  You should see the following when launching MSE:
Click on the Upgrade link to install and then restart the computer to complete the process.  Version detail information is available in "About Security Essentials" located in the drop-down option in Help. 

Edit Addition:  I have seen a lot of questions about the MSE software update in the forums.  To check manually for the software update, click the triangle next to Help and select "Check for software updates" as illustrated below:

Note the addition of the Network Inspection System Engine:
Security Essentials Version: 2.0.650.0
Antimalware Client Version: 3.0.8107.0
Engine Version: 1.1.6402.0
Antivirus definition: 1.95.1960.0
Antispyware definition: 1.95.1960.0
Network Inspection System Engine Version: 2.0.5854.0
Network Inspection System Definition Version:
Edit Note:  Fellow MVP, Alan Burchill, published a new post for Group Policy for MSE Version 2 to support its new features:  Group Policy for Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0

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Buffet said...

Why would anyone use that inferior rubbish, when there are reliable, worthwhile programs and utilities available?

Anonymous said...

SmittyB says...
So Buffet calls MSE rubbish but doesn't mention those worthwhile programs? Interesting. I have found that most AV products fall way short. You have to have it, but it is a combination of tools and your own actions that will keep you safe online. The most important of the two is your own online actions that you take will keep you safer than any program. I do use MSE and recommend it to friends along with other measures. I'm just sayin'.

Corrine said...

Hi, SmittyB.

Since Buffet's post wasn't spam decided to publish the comment, letting the person have his/her say.

I use MSE on one machine and ESET on another. I haven't had any issues with either program, although I am careful about the sites that I visit -- as you said, "it is a combination of tools and your own actions that will keep you safe".

Anonymous said...

Please note that MSE 2.1.1116 was released, about end june 2011.
Thanks for your support.