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Redmond, (WA) – Microsoft has confirmed that a beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials is to be made available to the public on Tuesday June 23, at 9 am PST.
The package, previously codenamed Morro, offers protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans and will replace Windows Live OneCare, which costs $49.95 per year and will be pulled from the shelves at the end of this month after spectacularly failing to set the world on fire.
The free package will run under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, says the company and is light on resources to enable it to be used on less-powerful machines.
Rival companies such as AVG, Kaspersky, and Symantec will be able to provide ‘more extensive protection’ than Microsoft is offering, says JR Smith, CEO of AVG, adding that Microsoft’s offering will be ‘good for consumers and good for the security market overall’ because it will raise awareness that security products are necessary.
“There’s room for Microsoft to come in and protect the platform but there’s a lot more to be done,” said Smith.
“Antivirus is the least of the worries these days. The Web threats are where we see 90 percent of the problems come through. They’re going to increase awareness, and that’s going to be good for all of us.”