Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 is now available for download, and includes an updated search engine that is said to be both faster and smarter than before. The software has also been linked up with the firewall in Windows which makes it easier to activate it.

The new version includes the following new features:

  • Network Traffic Inspection integrates into the
    network system and monitors the traffic at a low level without slowing
    down your PC, so it can actually detect threats before they get to your
    PC.
  • Internet Explorer Integration blocks malicious scripts before IE even starts running them—clearly a big security advantage.
  • Heuristic Scanning Engine finds malware that hasn’t
    been previously detected by scanning for certain types of attacks. This
    provides even more protection than just through virus definitions.

Both individuals and companies with up to ten computers are able to use the Security Essentials for free. For larger companies, Microsoft instead offer Forefront Endpoint Protection.

(via TechWorld)