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    Rui,

    Thanks for the info!

    I just loaded it on my Desktop and guess what it uses less memory! A whole 64k what will I do with it all. Version 2=6,196k Ver 4=6,132k. Note this is the 64 Bit Version.

    Old Version About:
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    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    They seem to be making it better, RG .

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    It's being updated by Windows Update as well, noticed it in the list this morning.

    Looks the same, not sure what has changed.

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    The link quotes Microsoft on what has changed:

    "This update to Microsoft Security Essentials is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas".

    Don't think you will notice much, UI side.

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    No, not much has changed on the surface:

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Four alert levels added under default actions and Microsoft Spynet being renamed to Microsoft Active Protection Service are the only visible changes I can spot (ignoring a slightly different color background).
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    Interestingly Win 8 CP updated this morning with Version SIX of Defender!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Interestingly Win 8 CP updated this morning with Version SIX of Defender!
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    Does that mean it is 50% better than version 4.0 of MSE?

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    Angry Another Retired Geek with MSE questions!

    OK, I'm so glad for this thread. I needed a place to ask some basic questions to people brighter than me:
    1. Am I just stupid or is there no place in their MSE Support site where MS posts release notes on this software? You know, like what changed, why, and any other detailed technical information a person could browse before blindly accepting this WU download.
    2. Am I the only one who is throwing up over the pap MS has provided as "Details" in their KB link for this update? There is absolutely nothing there that even resembles "Details" about the update.
    3. Is a place like ZDNet the only one where we can read anything accurate on the Beta experience testers have had with version 4? A quick browse indicates a couple of items folks have concerns with. All the praises for MSE have come from user's experience with version 2, which I really like.

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    All I can tell you is that my experience running the beta was completely uneventful. The beta worked pretty much as any previous MSE version.

    I ended up ditching it, though. I think MSE, in all its incarnations, is a bit heavy on disk access. When I performed certain operations, the file checking by MSE slowed down things a bit too much.

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    I guess my key concern would be an AV package that doesn't consult me before deleting what it considers a dangerous file.
    Does MSE 4 use a quarantine function that allows me to recover something it mistook for a problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRon View Post
    I guess my key concern would be an AV package that doesn't consult me before deleting what it considers a dangerous file.
    Does MSE 4 use a quarantine function that allows me to recover something it mistook for a problem?
    Yes, but with MSE 4 you get configurable default actions (recommended, remove or quarantine) for four different alert levels (which is the main visible difference from MSE 2).

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    Good.
    Now, how did you find out that detail? Did you just install it and look it over?
    Really, is there any place where MS describes this update in even a little technical detail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRon View Post
    Good.
    Now, how did you find out that detail? Did you just install it and look it over?
    Yes.


    Quote Originally Posted by DrRon View Post
    Really, is there any place where MS describes this update in even a little technical detail?
    Wikipedia?

    I agree that information about the update is sorely lacking, but the actual changes are fairly minimal (as far as I can see!)


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    It's an improvement for me. I had, in the past, posted a question about my MSSE tray icon always showing "red" after I booted up my desktop. The consensus was that my older, Dell 4600 was probably slightly under-powered, and
    that it would eventually turn "green."

    MSSE 4 starts right up now on my machine, and always shows "green" for me on a reboot.

    Dick

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