Microsoft Security Essentials Updated To v4.0

The free security program from Microsoft called Security Essentials protects our PCs from virus, trojans and other malwares. Microsoft has been updating the software constantly and now its on v4. Soon you will be getting notification in Windows Update program where you can update the MSE.

Here is the response from Microsoft on this v4 update,

This update to Microsoft Security Essentials is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas.

If you are not using MSE, give it a try here.

via: Neowin

  • Anonymous

    is this like windows defender in w8 or is it just a program that runs in the background?

    • Ahmed Eltawil

      Windows Defender isn’t used to remove malicious software or viruses from your PC, that’s part of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) job. When you install MSE, it disables Windows Defender since it covers all its roles.

      Read this for more information on the differences between both applications: 

    • Anonymous

      Defender in W8 incorporates MSE and provides anti-virus right out of the box.  Defender in Windows 7 was just a firewall I believe.  So in Win 7 you have to download MSE as a separate program to get anti-virus.  Once you install it, it pretty much runs in the background and you’ll never notice a hit on performance.  Almost never bugs you either.

  • Anonymous

    Windows Defender is for malware only. SE is for viruses and other things too. It is Microsoft’s free antivirus solution, while WD is not. Only key feature missing compared to commercial solutions is that you don’t have “allow/deny” interface for firewall.

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      in Windows 8, Windows defender is being replaced by MSE, it will make MSE better since everyone by default is going to use it. and yeah it looks like MSE. Windows 8 will be really secure as hell.
      Win7 defender no much, but its not too bad, but MSE integrated like in win8 is better.

      and win has a firewall, yeah its not easy to get to the advance stuff, but its built it, and i like it, it works nice. so SE doesn’t need it

  • Anonymous

    Thank Thank you for clarifying.

  • Anonymous

    Windows 7 comes with Defender (a malware monitor tool) built in, and MSE can be downloaded as a replacement for it that adds A/V funtionality. (Defender gets disabled when MSE is installed)

    In Windows 8 there is no more of the malware-only Defender, the new Defender is what MSE was to Windows 7 (malware and anti-virus). As far as I know the MSE name has been done away with in Win8 and it makes sense that way too. Windows Defender (simple and conveys it’s purpose).