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World – Microsoft’s free anti-virus software soon

NEW DELHI: Microsoft’s free anti-virus software is finally ready for launch. Last week, the company told beta testers of its free antivirus softwa
re that it will release the final version to the public soon.

In an e-mail reportedly sent on Sunday, the company thanked beta testers for their help and said that the polished edition of Microsoft Security Essentials would ship “in the coming weeks.” Microsoft also asked beta testers to upgrade to the newest version of the test software to make the transition to the final as smooth as possible.

In June, Microsoft issued the beta of Security Essentials to about 75,000 users, but quickly shut down the offering when that target was reached.

Microsoft has said that Morro will offer basic features for fighting a wide range of viruses, which would likely make it comparable to low-end consumer products from Symantec and McAfee that cost about $40 per year. The company said that it will provide protection from several types of malicious software including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans.

The software code-named Morro after Brazil’s Morro de Sao Paolo beach, is expected to hurt the sales of products from Symantec and McAfee, which generate billions of dollars of revenue a year protecting Windows PCs from attacks by hackers. Their top-selling products are security suites that come with features including encryption, firewalls, password protection, parental controls and data backup.

Three years ago, Microsoft entered that market with Live OneCare, which turned out to be a commercial flop. It announced plans in November to kill that product suite, saying it would launch the free Morro service by the end of 2009.

Security Essentials will run on Windows XP SP2 or later versions, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The antivirus programme can be downloaded from Microsoft’s site once goes live.

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September 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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