Microsoft locks out latest Security Essentials beta after 30 days for Windows activation by-passers

By Tom Warren, on 11th Nov 10 11:58 am with Comments Off

Microsoft is attempting to thwart the latest Windows activation bypass techniques by disabling access to its free anti-virus tool, Security Essentials.

The latest update, 2.0.552, has been released to beta testers via Windows Update. The latest beta introduces several enhancements including context menu scanning, heuristic scanning, remove quarantined files after a certain date and the ability to enable a network inspection system to protect against network-based exploits.

Microsoft has also introduced protection mechanisms against the latest Windows 7 activation bypass hacks. A Winrumors reader contacted us to explain that the latest update now bypasses some of the latest techniques that pirates use to avoid purchasing Windows 7. Activation by-passers will be greeted with a warning message stating “Windows did not pass genuine validation.” Users will have to resolve the issue by running a new validation check. If this is not resolved after 30 days then the product will be disabled.  The beta, distributed by Windows Update is currently in public beta and is expected to be released in early 2011.

Microsoft introduced Security Essentials, its free anti-virus software, in September 2009. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is designed to work on Windows XP, Vista and 7 and protects end users against virus threats and spy ware. MSE is Microsoft’s free anti-virus and anti-spyware product that replaced Microsoft’s paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service which was withdrawn last year. The software giant made a u-turn in licensing recently when it announced Small Businesses can now download and install the product on up to 10 PCs. Previously, businesses were unable to install the software legally due to a End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) restriction.

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