Microsoft Security Essentials Version 2

Microsoft recently released Microsoft Security Essentials Version 2.  This is an updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials.  It basically has all the same great benefits of the previous version, but with some enhancements.  One of which is its ability to integrate with Windows Firewall and Internet Explorer, providing much better protection.  It also has the ability for you to set how much CPU usage is used when it performs its scans.  There is also a network inspection feature to provide better network protection, however this feature is not available for Windows XP.

In a previous post I also explained how to update the Microsoft Security Essentials virus definitions using a command line method.  In the new version they have changed their directory structure, but the command is still the same.  Below I have the new updated command line that will run the anti-virus definition updates.

“%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MpCmdRun.exe” -SignatureUpdate

So if you’re already running Microsoft Security Essentials, or want to try out the new version I suggest you download and install Version 2.  I’ve been using it for a few days and have had no problems with it, and find it runs just as great as Version 1.  So I have to say, it’s still the same great anti-virus, but only a little bit better.