Microsoft has launched Security Essentials 4.0, the latest version of its popular anti-virus solution. The software is now available for free download and comes with several visual enhancements, as well as new features.
Security Essentials 4.0 has been in a beta phase since 2011 and throughout the testing period new features have surfaced, including a streamlined interface, a renamed SpyNet service to Microsoft Active Protection, improved detection capabilities and automatic remediation functionality.
The last one on the list has the ability to treat threats as malware and viruses by placing them inside quarantine without user intervention. Microsoft states that only "highly harmful" objects will be treated as such.
As usual, the latest build also comes with several bug fixes as well as improved performance.
The anti-malware tool runs on the same Protection Engine and virus definitions used by Microsoft on other protective tools for desktop. It can scan archive files, file downloads, email attachments and more.
There are no trials or an expiration date for the software, but the Redmond-based giant has restricted access only to those that posess a genuine copy of Windows.
The software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 and can be downloaded from the official website or those who already have a previous version installed can wait for an update, which is going to be served via Microsoft's Update service.