Is Microsoft's Security Essentials Pack an Embarrassment?
NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft will make its Security Essentials pack available on June 23. But is its release an embarrassment to Microsoft? Microsoft can argue that it's doing everything within its power to protect users. However, by releasing a new security suite, Microsoft seems to admit that its operating system is not as secure as it should be.Starting June 23, Microsoft will make the beta version of its new security software, Microsoft Security Essentials, available for download. According to Microsoft, Security Essentials will be a follow-up to its previous security suite, Windows Live OneCare. The software focuses on fighting viruses, rootkits and other malware. Unlike OneCare, it won't have any firewall or data backup features. One of the software's main selling points is its small footprint. Microsoft said Security Essentials sports fewer security packages, which makes it a smaller download than competing software from McAfee or Symantec.
Microsoft Security Essentials will also validate suspicious files to ensure they don't contain newly identified malware. To do so, it will query the company's Dynamic Signature Service. Whenever the software recognizes malware trying to perform an action Microsoft considers risky, such as modifying files and folders deemed necessary for the proper use of the operating system, it will update the Dynamic Signature Service to help all PCs using Security Essentials stay safe.