Free Anti-Virus software from Microsoft: Security Essentials

Security Essentials is a free antivirus, anti-spyware product from Microsoft, a public beta version was released in June 2009 for a limited number of downloads, and now the beta test is finished and the final version of Security Essentials should be available at any time, according to the email that was sent to all beta users:


Dear Beta User,

Thank you for participating in the Microsoft® Security Essentials Beta. Your participation has been instrumental to ensuring the best possible product release quality.

The final version of Microsoft Security Essentials will be released to the public in the coming weeks. If you are running the older version of the beta (1.0.1407.0), we encourage you to upgrade to a newer version of the beta (1.0.1500.0). To ensure a smoothest possible experience, please follow one of these options:

· Click on the ‘Upgrade Now’ button on the Microsoft Security Essentials Home tab. OR

· Select ‘Upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials’ under the Help drop-down menu

Thank you again for your participation in the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta!

Best regards,

Microsoft Security Essentials Team


Many people said it is today that Microsoft will release the final version, however, by the time this post is written, Microsoft has not published the final version for download yet, hopefully, it will be released soon.

Keep an eye on Microsoft Security Essentials web site for the coming final version.

UPDATE (09/29/2009, 10:45AM)

The final version is available for download now.

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