Anti-malware Service Beta Coming Soon - Microsoft

A public beta of Microsofts anti-malware service, Microsoft Security Essentials, is billed for launch soon as Live OneCare suite phases out next week - Tuesday. The version running on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, will be available in the U.S., Brazil, and Israel in English and Brazilian Portuguese. While the beta version for Simplified Chinese will be available later in the year.

According to Alan Packer, general manager of Microsoft's Anti-Malware team, 'the service updates its anti-malware database constantly and publishes new antivirus signatures to Microsoft Update three times a day'. The service also includes new technologies that help protect against root-kits, programs that are designed to hide the fact that a PC has been compromised, and is also designed to run efficiently by scanning when the PC is idle and conserving on memory usage.

Earlier in November last year, Microsoft announced its plan to drop its Live OneCare service in favor of a slimmed-down free offering designed to encourage more people, particularly those who don't want to pay for it and fear it will slow down their computer, to use antivirus software.