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New Microsoft Security Essentials Beta 4.0 - Is this the upcoming free bulit-in Windows 8 antivirus ?

Microsoft has been planning to ship an free built-in anti-malware solution with Windows 8, and it seems we already have the product up for selected few users under beta-testing phase.

Microsoft® Security Essentials Beta provides users an fully functional antimalware application featuring regularly updated anti-malware database files for complete protection from viruses, spyware, and other types of malicious software's. More details and screen-shots after the jump.

Invitation for Microsoft® Security Essentials Beta

If you are a member of Microsoft Connect program and received the above beta participation email, you can grab the installer from the link provided in the email.

Microsoft® Security Essentials Beta Download Link

Once downloaded you can install/upgrade your existing Microsoft Security Essentials installation.

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New features in Microsoft Security Essentials Beta :

This Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes the following new features and enhancements to better help protect your PC from threats:

  • Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.
  • Enhanced performance: The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised.
  • Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.
  • New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance.
Old Vs New Microsoft Security Essentials About Screen Comparison (Click to enlarge)
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Threat Alert From Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 Beta

There is no word from Microsoft whether this is the upcoming free Windows 8 anti-malware solution or not, but I have a strong gut feeling it is.

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