Microsoft is looking for people interested in beta testing the next version of its Security Essentials anti-virus solution.

"The number of initial beta testers required will be limited, according to a recent Microsoft blog," writes CNET News' Lance Whitney. "But the company expects to release the beta to the general public by year's end."

"Microsoft is touting several new features in Security Essential's next release, including a simpler interface, better performance, and savvier detection and cleanup features," Whitney writes. "The new version will also be able to automatically remove severe malware infections without bothering the user."

Go to "Microsoft recruiting users to beta test new Security Essentials" to read the details.

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