Download Microsoft Security Essentials

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 29, 2009
Updated • Mar 31, 2013
Antivirus, Security, Windows software

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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  1. teerasak said on October 14, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Download Microsoft Security Essentials wil help to protect my computer.

  2. Saurabh said on June 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Yes it will. It is not recommended to install 2 antiviruses at once. My recommendation is that you stick to Nod32 until this comes out of beta
    If you really do want both,you could keep Nod32 or morro in on-demand mode. In Nod32 this means disabling realtime monitoring in Advanced Settings. Haven’t tried Morro yet so can’t say anything.

  3. Nick said on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm


    I have Nod32 Anti Virus along with Super AntiSpyware and Malwarebytes AntiMalware installed on my PC.
    Will Microsoft’s Security Essentials software, if installed, create a conflict ?
    Thanks for a reply!

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