The latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials, which is the free antivirus software from Microsoft Corporation, has been released by the software giant for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems-powered computers.
The new features of Microsoft Security Essentials include improved detection capabilities, automatic remediation functionality, and a streamlined interface system, which has been in the Beta phase since December 2011.
Explaining the features of the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft said:
“This update to Microsoft Security Essentials is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas.”
According to a recent market analysis, Microsoft Security Essentials has become one of the most popular free antivirus products, growing its worldwide share from 7% a year ago to 10% today, making it the third most popular antivirus product after avast!, Avira, and AVG, and slightly ahead of ESET and Symantec Corporation.