Microsoft Releases Free Security Essentials 2.0

Microsoft has sneaked out the latest version of its Security Essential anti-malware software.

Released without any press release or mention on Microsoft’s Official Security blog, Security Essentials 2.0 is now available as a free download from the company's website PC Pro reports.

Although there are no visible changes from the previous version, Microsoft claims its new engine offers improved threat detection against rootkits and other malware.

According to Microsoft, this software also provides protection from ‘zero day’ threats, something not included in the previous version.

This new software includes a network inspection system, which is effective in monitoring traffic to check any signs of suspected behaviour. Security Essentials 2.0 automatically integrates itself with Internet Explorer to detect threats, but this can only be applied if you are a Windows 7 or Vista user.

The software works with Windows Firewall and users are asked if they want to turn on the firewall during installation. Security Essentials 2.0 also includes an improved antivirus engine to provide better threat detection rate.