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  1. #21


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    Saw this article and would be interested to read your thoughts.


    has equipped the new Windows 8 operating system with an upgraded version of Windows Defender, a full-featured security product that inherits many of the features previously available in Security Essentials.

    The application comes pre-installed on all Windows 8 versions and cannot be uninstalled, but the app is automatically disabled once the user deploys another security software.

    And even though it’s supposed to help protect a Windows 8 workstation, Mark Austin, chief technology officer of Windows security software firm Avecto, told IT Pro that Windows Defender might actually give users a false sense of security.

    “Although [it] is a positive step in some respects, it has the danger of giving organisations a false sense of security, as it shouldn’t be relied upon to protect against malware threats,” he said. “The nature of malware attacks has changed and more sophisticated security technology and proactive measures are required to protect against these threats.”

    Basically, the security researcher claims that users are recommended to install their very own security product, as integrated software may be unable to cope with certain attacks.

    “It is important to always take a defence-in-depth strategy to security, and to not rely solely on the built-in features of the operating system,” Austin continued.

    Aryeh Goretsky, researcher at antivirus software firm ESET, said in October that Windows Defender might actually be disabled on plenty of new Windows 8 computers, as computer manufacturers were deploying trial versions of third-party security software.

    Goretsky explained that Windows Defender also lacks some advanced security features available in third-party products, so installing such an application may be a smart choice after all.

    “Windows Defender does not contain many of the advanced features and functions of paid-for solutions, such as a high level of granularity for threat detection, task scheduling, centralized management and reporting and so forth. As with other free anti-malware programs, support options for Windows Defender are limited,” the security researcher explained.
    Windows Defender Fails to Make Windows 8 Completely Secure ? Expert - Softpedia

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  2. #22


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    I would think if Microsoft put a full functional, competent AV app right into the OS we'd be hearing the other companies suing over anti-competitive practices...followed by the EU forcing Microsoft to make a version of Windows 8 without WD included, maybe Windows 8 D-edition or something like it.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    I would think if Microsoft put a full functional, competent AV app right into the OS we'd be hearing the other companies suing over anti-competitive practices...followed by the EU forcing Microsoft to make a version of Windows 8 without WD included, maybe Windows 8 D-edition or something like it.
    They did, it's called Windows Defender. It's pretty much just a builtin version of MSE, which is the #2 most used AV in the world.
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  4. #24


    Let's see....I research virus threats and I get paid by AV companies to make negative comments about the free-more-secure-built-in-kernel-less-resource-hog AV MS puts out. Good grief!
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  5. #25


    I think people use third party solutions for a few different reasons.

    1). Historically that is what they have used. Since MS hasn't had a freebie AV before MSE, people got used to using other solutions and they worked well for them

    2). It's sometimes nice to have a third party perspective on security. If MS designs the security of the system, it seems logical that it would be wise to have an unrelated third party testing, prodding and poking at it to ensure that it's as good as expected.
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  6. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    They did, it's called Windows Defender. It's pretty much just a builtin version of MSE, which is the #2 most used AV in the world.
    ...and just received a failing grade by AV-Tests.org.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    ...and just received a failing grade by AV-Tests.org.
    I'm sorry, who are they?
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  8. #28


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    A very well known independent testing center. Any tech news outlet would have been carrying the story, but here's a link:

    Microsoft Security Essentials Loses AV Certification - Techcenter -
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  9. #29


    Hi Shane88,
    Good free antivirus software is pandacloud.
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  10. #30


    Sweden
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    Win 8 Pro


    Avast really it is the best!
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