New Microsoft Antivirus Tool Arrives Today

September 29, 2009 – 10:18 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s new anti-malware software, will be available Tuesday, according Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft’s server and tools division.

The release of the software, which was code-named Morro, has been rumored for days, but Muglia on Monday confirmed that the free software would be available for download Tuesday.

“The combination of Windows Firewall and Security Essentials provides you with pretty complete coverage,” Muglia says.

Security Essentials is a malware scanning engine and is targeted at consumers running Windows. It shares technology with Microsoft’s Forefront Client Security, an enterprise desktop tool that can be centrally managed. Essentials provides only detection and removal of malware and lacks central management capabilities, however.


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