Microsoft has officially released Security Essentials 2. Ever since its first release, about a year ago, Microsoft Security Essential has been gaining a lot of attention and popularity as one of the best free antivirus software today. For anyone using Windows, MSE 2 is one of the must have security and protection software. The latest version come with some great improvements, for example, there is a new scanning detection engine called heuristic, now the antivirus does not depends as much anymore on definition updates, with many threats coming out so often, MSE 2 can detect potential threats that were not yet identified — This does not mean that you don’t have to update, but you can have a better piece of mind knowing that you are better protected even without having the latest definition –. In the latest version, Microsoft Security Essentials 2 integrates with Windows Vista and Windows 7 Firewall to better protect you from the outside world (the internet) and the inside world (your local network), and there is a new network inspection feature that uses Windows Filtering Platform for only Windows 7 and vista machines.
Tips using Microsoft Security Essentials
- Do a full scan periodically.
- Change the Schedule scan to a day and time that you know your computer is turned on.
- For the best protection, keep the antivirus always up to date. You can do this by going to the Update tab and clicking the big Update button.
- If you have well-known files and locations, you can exclude them from scanning to save time.
- When you see the system tray icon with the color green you are good and protected, when it is orange you should check out what is going on, and when is red there could be some serious problems.
- Most of the configuration can be modified by opening Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and going to the Settings tab.
You can download Microsoft Essential 2 from the official website or if you already have MSE installed, in the Update tab, you will notice the upgrade button, click it and get the latest version! Security Essentials is also available for small business with up to 10 PCs.