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RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 FOR FOREFRONT SECURITY FOR OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS SERVER

December 15th, 2010 Comments off

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am please to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Security for Office Communications Server.

 

On December 15th, Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2482040  

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup.

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy

CSS Microsoft Security

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 FOR FOREFRONT SECURITY FOR OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS SERVER

December 15th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am please to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Security for Office Communications Server.

 

On December 15th, Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2482040  

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup.

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy

CSS Microsoft Security

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 FOR FOREFRONT SECURITY FOR OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS SERVER

December 15th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am please to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Security for Office Communications Server.

 

On December 15th, Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2482040  

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup.

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy

CSS Microsoft Security

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 FOR FOREFRONT SECURITY FOR OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS SERVER

December 15th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am please to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Security for Office Communications Server.

 

On December 15th, Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS) to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2482040  

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup.

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy

CSS Microsoft Security

Please let us know about how you use email security solutions in your workplace

December 6th, 2010 No comments

Hello everyone,

The Microsoft Forefront team is currently conducting a survey and would like to hear your opinions about email security, especially how you use email security solutions in your organization. We would appreciate it if you would take the time to respond to this survey.  This information will help us improve Forefront Protection for Exchange.

Please consider taking a few minutes at this time to complete the survey. This survey should take about 10 -15 minutes to complete.

 

To participate, please click here.

 

Carolyn Liu
Senior Program Manager, Forefront Server Protection

Please let us know about how you use email security solutions in your workplace

December 6th, 2010 No comments

Hello everyone,

The Microsoft Forefront team is currently conducting a survey and would like to hear your opinions about email security, especially how you use email security solutions in your organization. We would appreciate it if you would take the time to respond to this survey.  This information will help us improve Forefront Protection for Exchange.

Please consider taking a few minutes at this time to complete the survey. This survey should take about 10 -15 minutes to complete.

 

To participate, please click here.

 

Carolyn Liu
Senior Program Manager, Forefront Server Protection

Please let us know about how you use email security solutions in your workplace

December 6th, 2010 Comments off

Hello everyone,

The Microsoft Forefront team is currently conducting a survey and would like to hear your opinions about email security, especially how you use email security solutions in your organization. We would appreciate it if you would take the time to respond to this survey.  This information will help us improve Forefront Protection for Exchange.

Please consider taking a few minutes at this time to complete the survey. This survey should take about 10 -15 minutes to complete.

 

To participate, please click here.

 

Carolyn Liu
Senior Program Manager, Forefront Server Protection

Please let us know about how you use email security solutions in your workplace

December 6th, 2010 No comments

Hello everyone,

The Microsoft Forefront team is currently conducting a survey and would like to hear your opinions about email security, especially how you use email security solutions in your organization. We would appreciate it if you would take the time to respond to this survey.  This information will help us improve Forefront Protection for Exchange.

Please consider taking a few minutes at this time to complete the survey. This survey should take about 10 -15 minutes to complete.

 

To participate, please click here.

 

Carolyn Liu
Senior Program Manager, Forefront Server Protection

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 for FOREFRONT PROTECTION FOR EXCHANGE

November 29th, 2010 Comments off

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange.

 

On November 30th Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: .http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2420647.

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
CSS Microsoft Security

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 for FOREFRONT PROTECTION FOR EXCHANGE

November 29th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange.

 

On November 30th Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: .http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2420647.

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
CSS Microsoft Security

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 for FOREFRONT PROTECTION FOR EXCHANGE

November 29th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange.

 

On November 30th Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: .http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2420647.

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
CSS Microsoft Security

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HOTFIX ROLLUP 2 for FOREFRONT PROTECTION FOR EXCHANGE

November 29th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Security team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Microsoft’s Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange.

 

On November 30th Microsoft shipped Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange to provide a series of product enhancements and new features.

 

For a complete list of the new features and enhancements included in this rollup, along with directions for download, please see the following Knowledge Base article: .http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2420647.

 

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary so please plan accordingly when applying this Hotfix Rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
CSS Microsoft Security

Fake Microsoft Security Essentials software on the loose. Don’t be fooled by it!

October 25th, 2010 No comments

Last week, we saw the re-emergence of another new trojan that is disguising itself as Microsoft’s no-cost antimalware program Microsoft Security Essentials. This imposter is known in the technical world of antimalware combat as “Win32/FakePAV”. FakePAV is a rogue that displays messages that imitate Microsoft Security Essentials threat reports in order to entice the user into downloading and paying for a rogue security scanner. The rogue persistently terminates numerous processes such as Windows Registry Editor, Internet Explorer, Windows Restore and other utilities and applications.

This fake software is distributed by a tactic commonly described as a “drive-by download” and shows up as a hotfix.exe or as an mstsc.exe file. Additionally, after the fake Microsoft Security Essentials software reports it cannot clean the claimed malware infection, it offers to install additional antimalware rogues (with names such as AntiSpySafeguard, Major Defense Kit, Peak Protection, Pest Detector and Red Cross). Lastly, this fake program will try to scare you into purchasing a product.

Before we get to the detailed view of how this trojan works, we want the message to be very clear: This software is a fake. Do not be fooled by this scam. This malware can potentially cause consumers and small business owners harm. Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded and used at no cost by users running genuine Windows (Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/). So anything mimicking Microsoft Security Essentials but asking for any sort of payment is clearly up to no good.

If you have not already updated your security software please do so. Making sure your security software is up-to-date and has the latest definitions is the best way to prevent infections.

And now onto a detailed look at FakePAV. While different FakePAV distributions have different payloads, here is how the current one imitating Microsoft Security Essentials works:

1. It modifies the system so that it runs when Windows starts

2. When you go to execute something it’s watching for, it opens the alert window claiming the program is infected and blocks it from running.

3. You can expand it out for “additional details”

4. If you click “Clean computer” or “Apply actions”, it simulates an attempt to clean the claimed infection

5. You’ll then get an ‘unable to clean’ alert and be instructed to click ‘Scan Online’

6. Clicking this, a list of antimalware programs appears, including several fake removal tools, and you’d need to click Start Scan

7. Once the simulated scan completes, it will claim a solution was found and list products that can ‘clean’ the system (the listed products are fake removal tools).

8. Clicking ‘Free install’ on one of those downloads will download its installer and start installing

If you believe your machine has become infected, we encourage you to use Microsoft Security Essentials to check your PC for malware and to help remove them from your system. You can also find out how to get virus-related assistance at no charge from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx.

For more information on this FakePAV please visit our encyclopedia entry at http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Rogue%3aWin32%2fFakePAV. It contains a lot of information that may help answer questions about this rogue.

And remember: Microsoft does not charge for Microsoft Security Essentials. You can find the legitimate version of Microsoft Security Essentials at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.

Fake Microsoft Security Essentials software on the loose. Don’t be fooled by it!

October 25th, 2010 No comments

Last week, we saw the re-emergence of another new trojan that is disguising itself as Microsoft’s no-cost antimalware program Microsoft Security Essentials. This imposter is known in the technical world of antimalware combat as “Win32/FakePAV”. FakePAV is a rogue that displays messages that imitate Microsoft Security Essentials threat reports in order to entice the user into downloading and paying for a rogue security scanner. The rogue persistently terminates numerous processes such as Windows Registry Editor, Internet Explorer, Windows Restore and other utilities and applications.

This fake software is distributed by a tactic commonly described as a “drive-by download” and shows up as a hotfix.exe or as an mstsc.exe file. Additionally, after the fake Microsoft Security Essentials software reports it cannot clean the claimed malware infection, it offers to install additional antimalware rogues (with names such as AntiSpySafeguard, Major Defense Kit, Peak Protection, Pest Detector and Red Cross). Lastly, this fake program will try to scare you into purchasing a product.

Before we get to the detailed view of how this trojan works, we want the message to be very clear: This software is a fake. Do not be fooled by this scam. This malware can potentially cause consumers and small business owners harm. Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded and used at no cost by users running genuine Windows (Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/). So anything mimicking Microsoft Security Essentials but asking for any sort of payment is clearly up to no good.

If you have not already updated your security software please do so. Making sure your security software is up-to-date and has the latest definitions is the best way to prevent infections.

And now onto a detailed look at FakePAV. While different FakePAV distributions have different payloads, here is how the current one imitating Microsoft Security Essentials works:

1. It modifies the system so that it runs when Windows starts

2. When you go to execute something it’s watching for, it opens the alert window claiming the program is infected and blocks it from running.

3. You can expand it out for “additional details”

4. If you click “Clean computer” or “Apply actions”, it simulates an attempt to clean the claimed infection

5. You’ll then get an ‘unable to clean’ alert and be instructed to click ‘Scan Online’

6. Clicking this, a list of antimalware programs appears, including several fake removal tools, and you’d need to click Start Scan

7. Once the simulated scan completes, it will claim a solution was found and list products that can ‘clean’ the system (the listed products are fake removal tools).

8. Clicking ‘Free install’ on one of those downloads will download its installer and start installing

If you believe your machine has become infected, we encourage you to use Microsoft Security Essentials to check your PC for malware and to help remove them from your system. You can also find out how to get virus-related assistance at no charge from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx.

For more information on this FakePAV please visit our encyclopedia entry at http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Rogue%3aWin32%2fFakePAV. It contains a lot of information that may help answer questions about this rogue.

And remember: Microsoft does not charge for Microsoft Security Essentials. You can find the legitimate version of Microsoft Security Essentials at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.

Fake Microsoft Security Essentials software on the loose. Don’t be fooled by it!

October 25th, 2010 Comments off

Last week, we saw the re-emergence of another new trojan that is disguising itself as Microsoft’s no-cost antimalware program Microsoft Security Essentials. This imposter is known in the technical world of antimalware combat as “Win32/FakePAV”. FakePAV is a rogue that displays messages that imitate Microsoft Security Essentials threat reports in order to entice the user into downloading and paying for a rogue security scanner. The rogue persistently terminates numerous processes such as Windows Registry Editor, Internet Explorer, Windows Restore and other utilities and applications.

This fake software is distributed by a tactic commonly described as a “drive-by download” and shows up as a hotfix.exe or as an mstsc.exe file. Additionally, after the fake Microsoft Security Essentials software reports it cannot clean the claimed malware infection, it offers to install additional antimalware rogues (with names such as AntiSpySafeguard, Major Defense Kit, Peak Protection, Pest Detector and Red Cross). Lastly, this fake program will try to scare you into purchasing a product.

Before we get to the detailed view of how this trojan works, we want the message to be very clear: This software is a fake. Do not be fooled by this scam. This malware can potentially cause consumers and small business owners harm. Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded and used at no cost by users running genuine Windows (Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/). So anything mimicking Microsoft Security Essentials but asking for any sort of payment is clearly up to no good.

If you have not already updated your security software please do so. Making sure your security software is up-to-date and has the latest definitions is the best way to prevent infections.

And now onto a detailed look at FakePAV. While different FakePAV distributions have different payloads, here is how the current one imitating Microsoft Security Essentials works:

1. It modifies the system so that it runs when Windows starts

2. When you go to execute something it’s watching for, it opens the alert window claiming the program is infected and blocks it from running.

3. You can expand it out for “additional details”

4. If you click “Clean computer” or “Apply actions”, it simulates an attempt to clean the claimed infection

5. You’ll then get an ‘unable to clean’ alert and be instructed to click ‘Scan Online’

6. Clicking this, a list of antimalware programs appears, including several fake removal tools, and you’d need to click Start Scan

7. Once the simulated scan completes, it will claim a solution was found and list products that can ‘clean’ the system (the listed products are fake removal tools).

8. Clicking ‘Free install’ on one of those downloads will download its installer and start installing

If you believe your machine has become infected, we encourage you to use Microsoft Security Essentials to check your PC for malware and to help remove them from your system. You can also find out how to get virus-related assistance at no charge from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx.

For more information on this FakePAV please visit our encyclopedia entry at http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Rogue%3aWin32%2fFakePAV. It contains a lot of information that may help answer questions about this rogue.

And remember: Microsoft does not charge for Microsoft Security Essentials. You can find the legitimate version of Microsoft Security Essentials at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.

Hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP2 and hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for SharePoint SP3 are now available

October 8th, 2010 Comments off

On behalf of the Forefront Server Protection team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE) SP2 Rollup 3 and Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSSP) SP3 Rollup 3.

 

On October 8th, 2010 Microsoft shipped both builds to address a performance issue with version 8 of the Kaspersky antivirus engine.

 

For a detailed description of the updates please see the following Knowledge Base articles:

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this hotfix rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
Sr. Support Engineer
Microsoft Security

Hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP2 and hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for SharePoint SP3 are now available

October 8th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Forefront Server Protection team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE) SP2 Rollup 3 and Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSSP) SP3 Rollup 3.

 

On October 8th, 2010 Microsoft shipped both builds to address a performance issue with version 8 of the Kaspersky antivirus engine.

 

For a detailed description of the updates please see the following Knowledge Base articles:

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this hotfix rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
Sr. Support Engineer
Microsoft Security

Hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP2 and hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for SharePoint SP3 are now available

October 8th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Forefront Server Protection team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE) SP2 Rollup 3 and Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSSP) SP3 Rollup 3.

 

On October 8th, 2010 Microsoft shipped both builds to address a performance issue with version 8 of the Kaspersky antivirus engine.

 

For a detailed description of the updates please see the following Knowledge Base articles:

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this hotfix rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
Sr. Support Engineer
Microsoft Security

Hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP2 and hotfix rollup 3 for Forefront Security for SharePoint SP3 are now available

October 8th, 2010 No comments

On behalf of the Forefront Server Protection team at Microsoft, I am pleased to announce the release of Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE) SP2 Rollup 3 and Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSSP) SP3 Rollup 3.

 

On October 8th, 2010 Microsoft shipped both builds to address a performance issue with version 8 of the Kaspersky antivirus engine.

 

For a detailed description of the updates please see the following Knowledge Base articles:

As the installer runs, server service restarts may be necessary, so please plan accordingly when applying this hotfix rollup. 

 

Regards,

Robert McCarthy
Sr. Support Engineer
Microsoft Security

Microsoft Security Essentials Celebrates First Birthday with 30 Million Customers!

September 29th, 2010 Comments off

It has been one year since Microsoft Security Essentials was made generally available to the public and to celebrate, we are pleased to share that there are now over 30 million customers in 74 different countries around the world enjoying the trusted security and quiet protection that Microsoft Security Essentials provides.

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In addition, we are also pleased to share that Microsoft Security Essentials will now come pre-installed on the HP ENVY 14 series and HP ENVY 14 Beats™ edition series PCs starting today. But we’ll talk more about that in a minute.

First, let’s talk about the impact Microsoft Security Essentials is having on the Windows ecosystem.

Making an Impact with Microsoft Security Essentials

When we announced Microsoft Security Essentials last year, we said, “Making Microsoft Security Essentials broadly available as a free consumer download for genuine Windows-based PCs is part of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to provide a more trustworthy computing experience for all customers. By making Microsoft Security Essentials easy to get and easy to use, Microsoft hopes to encourage broader adoption of antivirus protection across the consumer audience, which in turn will help increase security across the entire Windows ecosystem.”

And today, helping increase security across the Windows ecosystem is exactly what we are doing.

According to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC), in addition to providing a no-cost security solution to tens of millions of customers that may not have been actively protected before, Microsoft Security Essentials detected nearly 400 million threats over the past year, with customers choosing to remove more than 366 million of those threats. For more information about the specific threat breakdown, please visit the MMPC Blog.

Other highlights from this past year include:

· Originally introduced in 8 languages and 19 countries around the world, Microsoft Security Essentials is currently available and supported in 25 languages and 74 countries globally.

· Microsoft Security Essentials is certified by two of the industry’s leading independent certification authorities: International Computer Security Association Labs (ICSA) and West Coast LabsIt also received the most recent VB100 Award and as well as certification from AV-Test.

· Beginning in October Microsoft Security Essentials will be made available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for free.

· Microsoft Security Essentials was made available for online partner distribution, as a pre-install on OEM PCs and for distribution by publications as covermount software.

· Microsoft Security Essentials received the PC Advisor Awards 2010 – Best Free Software award and is rated by Consumer Reports as a “Best Buy”.

As you can see, it’s been a pretty exciting year for Microsoft Security Essentials! And the fun doesn’t stop here…

Microsoft Security Essentials Coming Pre-installed on HP Envy Notebooks

Microsoft Security Essentials is currently available to consumers, and soon to small businesses on up to 10 PCs, as a download directly from Microsoft. But today we are thrilled to let you know that HP will be pre-installing Microsoft Security Essentials on the HP ENVY 14 series and the HP ENVY 14 Beats™ edition series PCs beginning today, so be sure to go check these out.

These PCs are stylish and feature powerful Intel® Core™ processors designed to fit the needs of a variety of consumers. In fact, Ben Rudolph (aka “Ben the PC Guy”) has taken the HP ENVY 14 Beats™ edition series for a test drive.  For more details on that please visit the Windows Experience Blog.

To learn more about Microsoft Security Essentials, please visit the Microsoft Security Essentials Web site.

So, Happy Birthday Microsoft Security Essentials! And thank you to our valued customers and partners for a very exciting year.

Cheers!

Eric and the entire Microsoft Security Essentials product team