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Question: Does windows 8 have viruses already?

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Nobody has ever claimed Windows 8 was written to be virus proof. Such a claim is ridiculous. Microsoft is including anti-virus software, but that isn't the same as being virus proof. anti-virus software is reactive, it removes viruses once you have them and tries to thwart known viruses before they get installed. It can't do much to stop new viruses that have not yet been identified.
    That would be my thinking too. Wonder why they call them viruses? Sounds like something out of movie Terminator where Skynet computer becomes self-aware! lol!

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I don't find much restricting in Windows 8, works as it did when I have 7 running with security software.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    There are a lot of restrictions in Win8.

    Most folk won't be aware of it.

    Those who like to adapt/mod/build will be very frustrated.

    More security = Less freedom

    Security is probably the reason MS would give, but it means users don't have much flexibility.

    They can only do the simple customisations MS allow.

    What happened to the idea "it is your pc"?
    You are correct in the fact that most people won't be aware of it.
    Most people don't care about all the customization, they just want everything to run and be safe.
    Large corporations don't want its employees doing customizations to their systems.
    It is your PC but MS's OS. You can use it or run some other OS. You still have a choice.
    Look at all the Security updates on XP and Windows 7. I would assume that these security fixes are built into Windows 8 and other changes to make it more secure. It will never be 100% but it is getting a lot better.

    Jim
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    There are a lot of restrictions in Win8.

    Most folk won't be aware of it.

    Those who like to adapt/mod/build will be very frustrated.

    More security = Less freedom

    Security is probably the reason MS would give, but it means users don't have much flexibility.

    They can only do the simple customisations MS allow.

    What happened to the idea "it is your pc"?
    Hmmmmm! Your post has made me start thinking, as I am very big on customization.
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    Windows 8.1 Build 9600


    now it makes me feel like i started a hot topic: "virus proof" xD
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  6. #16


    Considering that much of the code in 8 comes from 7 the vulnerability to viruses is not much different. Not that i dont trust in Defender, but I feel safer with Avast.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8 pro Retail


    I seriously doubt Microsoft would put multi-billion dollar companies out of business (I.E. Nortons, AVG, Avast, etc) Virus, spam, spyware make money, and no big business will allow a guaranteed money maker to go out of business.
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