You might have been one of the lucky ones who were able to download the beta of Microsoft antivirus software program Security Essentials. Chance is you missed the opportunity as Microsoft has limited the beta downloads to 75000. Users who want to download Microsoft Security Essentials today are notified that downloads are not available at this time and there seems to be no option to download the latest version from Microsoft at this point in time.
This does not mean however that there is no way of downloading Microsoft's antivirus software. You just have to look elsewhere for the download. The software is available on various P2P networks which is however probably not the safest way to download the Security Essentials. A better option is to look at the various download portals who check and verify all downloads that they offer which makes the process more secure.
Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded from Softpedia for example. The version of the software that can be downloaded is the exact same version that was available for download at the Microsoft Security Essentials website. It is basically the beta client of the software that was available for download. Users even save some time and hassle as they do not have to log in with their Windows Live account to download the Security Essentials software.
Update: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Final released
Update: Microsoft is no longer limiting the download of MSE or Microsoft Security Essentials. You can grab the latest version of the security product for the Windows operating system from the official Microsoft website.
We have removed the Softpedia link as a consequence as it is no longer needed as you can download the application from the official source instead.
Note that I highly recommend that you install another security application next to Security Essentials to protect your system thoroughly from threats.
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