Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Beta was released recently along with Microsoft Security Essentials Beta.  I plan on working with FEP (that’s what I’m calling it) soon but until then I wanted to get my hands dirty with MSE on my personal netbook.  I’ll be installing MSE Beta today and showing you how simple and smoothly it’s going to go. 

MSE comes in two packages.  A 32-bit package and a you guessed it 64-bit package.  I’ll be installing the 32-bit package on my netbook replacing my current and reliable Microsoft Security Essentials.

The first thing you’ll get when starting the installer is the User Account Control box.  Yay for UAC (no screenshot)!

After UAC you’ll get the typical Welcome Screen.  What I like here is you get the option to upgrade, not uninstall your old product and install a new product.  Simple but it saves time.  Some beta products require you to uninstall your old products but not this one.

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Of course I reviewed every word of the License Agreement and clicked I accept.

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I would recommend joining the Customer Experience Improvement Program.  The more users that join means the more Microsoft will learn about what is really going on out in the wild.  With that information they’ll be able to improve their products and services.

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I like how I’m given a choice to use the Windows Firewall or not if I have another product.

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Hey look, it’s upgrading.

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Toward the end of the install Security Center barked a few times but it’s doing it’s job.  There will be short points in time where no anti-virus is installed, MSE is off, Windows will see that Windows Defender is off with nothing to replace it, and MSE is out of date.  This is all normal so don’t be alarmed.

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DONE!
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It took about 2 minutes to upgrade my netbook.  For testing I’m not going to restart just yet.  I was curious to see if MSE was running even though there wasn’t a MSE icon in the systray.  The first thing I checked was the service and yup, it’s running.

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To see if MSE was actually working I downloaded the EICAR test virus and although I received no prompts from MSE it did remove the EICAR test virus.  I’m going to restart like it wants but before I had a chance to do that Windows is brought up the Windows Update window wanting me to restart.  I’m going to restart this time and continue.  

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Restarting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MSE Beta has the same “tent” icon in the systray

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In my next blog I’ll cover the actual application.  Stay tuned.