What is Microsoft Security Essentials? What’s happening to OneCare?

Today Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Security Essentials, a no cost beta version of a new kind of hassle-free security software designed for people who don’t want to spend too much time thinking about computer security.

Download the beta.

Sales of Microsoft’s current antivirus software, Windows Live OneCare, will stop in September 2009. If you have a OneCare subscription, rest assured that you will be supported until that subscription runs out. For more information, see Facts about OneCare.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a standalone download for the Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems.

“Customers around the world have told us that they need comprehensive, ongoing protection from new and existing threats, and we take that concern seriously,” said Amy Barzdukas, senior director of product management for the Online Services and Windows Division at Microsoft.

“This new, no-cost offering will give us the ability to protect an even greater number of consumers, especially in markets where the growth of new PC purchases is outpaced only by the growth of malware.”


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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »