Microsoft Security Essentials code name ‘Morro’ Beta

Morro has just been released as a new product called Microsoft Security Essentials. Currently on its beta version, this FREE antivirus and anti spyware software runs on XP, Vista and Windows 7! Did I just mentioned that it is a free product that you can download and install on your PC’s? But as of now there is only a limited number of downloads for its beta version is available (75,00) and its only allowed for US, Israel, Brazil and China only. So hurry and get your copy at or at

Before what I have personally used (and suggested even to friends and relatives)  is the Windows Live OneCare – but since it will be phased out in a couple of months, I was really looking forward for this new product.


What I have here is Amy’s Laptop with 1G of RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo that has a fresh Windows 7 Ultimate RC (thanks Amy!). I always use her laptop as one of my benchmarks on real machines and real people, If it works for her and she does not complain about what I load into her laptop, I’m pretty much as ease that what is loaded would work on other people. 😀

I have downloaded a very small 4.75MB installer for her x86 computer, a really really small footprint for a security software.

The installation is very straight forward, only a couple of button clicks for us.

Yes, the machine must be a genuine copy 😀


After the installation, it will download antivirus definitions from Microsoft Update, took me about 15mins.


And there it is, its already installed.


This is the home screen where you can command a scan (quick, full or a custom scan)

The update page:




A few settings page and subpages:

Microsoft Spynet:


Really worth checking this new cool free antivirus, again heres the link:


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I'm John and in the daytime I am the Chief Technology Officer of VFTS.NET - a consulting firm that specializes on development and deployment of business solutions created with .NET framework on Windows platform and Windows infrastructure projects. I am a core member of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and I regularly conduct technical sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Cloud and Datacenter Management Technical Expertise but away from any keyboard I spend hours reading books, travel, explore, and being busy with my dog named Floppy.

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