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Security Essentials no longer available?

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  • Sorry for posting here, but I did not find any other forum to contact Microsoft at.

    What happened to Security Essentials. I was able to download it and install it last week. Now I suddenly are no longer allowed. When browsing to http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ I get the following message: Not available in your country or region.

    Did Microsoft intend security essentials only to be available to USA?
    Wednesday, October 07, 2009 12:59 PM

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  • It's available to me in the UK, here http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

    Wednesday, October 07, 2009 1:54 PM
  • Depending from the country, you are either redirected to your country's MSE site (if there is one) or rejected. You must add a /mkt= string, in this case, e.g. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/mkt=en-us. In Europe, only Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland have localized pages and are accessible without workarounds.
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    Wednesday, October 07, 2009 2:19 PM
  • Strangely enough, those links seem to change often. The current link for the US page is http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/support.aspx?mkt=en-us, from where you can select other regions and languages, too.
    Mobile AMD64 3000+, VIA Apollo K8T800 chipset, 1 G RAM, ATIRadeonMobility 9700, 20x DVDRW, C:XPSP3 (55G),D:WIN7 (25G),F:DATA (250G)
    Wednesday, October 07, 2009 5:58 PM
  • Thanks for info. I am in Norway and I cannot find any hits when I search Microsoft.no for Security Essentials. I find it strange that Microsoft suddenly put a lid on the international site.
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 6:14 AM
  • If there is any question about Microsoft Security Essentials, here is the contact support page.

    Thursday, October 08, 2009 7:50 AM
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  • I'm not sure but it appears that this support page is again only accessible for those countries where MSE is officially offered at the moment. The language/country selection you get when you click on the top right of the page implies that. This topic is also discussed in the MSE forums (http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en/msestart/threads).
    Mobile AMD64 3000+, VIA Apollo K8T800 chipset, 1 G RAM, ATIRadeonMobility 9700, 20x DVDRW, C:XPSP3 (55G),D:WIN7 (25G),F:DATA (250G)
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:18 AM
  • Hi,

    You might want to try http://www.microsoft.com/protect/, i've just tried to get it the usual way and it said my region wasn't supported...I live in the UK!!

    I did managed to successfully download it from the above link though.

    Hope it helps :)


    Jeff
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    • Proposed as answer by Orbital Shark Monday, October 19, 2009 7:24 AM
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 9:49 AM