Microsoft to beta new free security software

Reports claim that Microsoft will tomorrow unveil a new beta of a free security solution.

Microsoft has confirmed it will release a beta version of its free anti-virus software for PCs tomorrow.

A full version of Microsoft Security Essentials' will be available in the second half of 2009, and is a replacement for Live OneCare, a subscription-based service that will discontinue sales by the end of the month.

Originally code-named Morro', the free software has been described as offering comprehensive' protection from malware such as viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans.

Security Essentials is likely to try and muscle into the space occupied by vendors such as Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro, as well as free security software solutions such as AVG's.

Microsoft said in November that it would deliver the same core protection as offered through its enterprise solutions, but not the additional non-security features found in other consumer security suites.

"This new, no-cost offering will give us the ability to protect an even greater number of consumers, especially in markets where the growth of new PC purchases is outpaced by the growth of malware," said Microsoft senior director Amy Barzdukas in a statement, back in November.

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