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Does Windows 8 RP have its own Antivirus or not?

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    Faisalabad
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    windows 7 32 bit Windows 8 32 bit Professional

    Does Windows 8 RP have its own Antivirus or not?


    I just installed windows 8 rp and i am wondering that does it have any antivirus or not.if yes where can i find it.if not

    then please tell me which free antivirus is better for it.Thanks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Masoomsahib,

    Yes, Windows 8 RP comes with Windows Defender "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" which is now the new version of MSE used for Windows 8.

    Windows Defender - Create Shortcut in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Jun 2012 at 10:18. Reason: added link
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  3. #3


    Faisalabad
    Posts : 12
    windows 7 32 bit Windows 8 32 bit Professional


    Dude you are awesome.whenever i post any question related anything you were always the first one to answer.God Bless You.

    Thanks alot.just tell me if you ever need my help.see who saying to who.!
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. I sure will.
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    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 RP x64


    I personally think MSE is best free antivirus. 2nd would be Avest.
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    So Windows Defender is no longer just antispyware but an antivirus program built into windows? Why did they decide to merge MSE with their antispyware?
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    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    To protect users, I would wager.
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    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 RP x64


    MSE was better version of windows defender, but users had to download it separately. So I guess they decided that making users re-download MSE was waste of time for users. I'm very happy with this update.
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    MSE /Defender is also an anti-piracy exploit defence, which will try to remove software for cracking legitimate programs, particularly Microsoft's own brands - it can then regularly update and check for blacklisted product keys and other "Trojans" which may activate unlicensed software - whilst also protecting against other malware.

    3rd party producers of antimalware have not got sufficient motivation or inside information to provide Microsoft with the coverage against crack exploits MS wish for, so they are edging the antivirus producers out of the business.

    Older PC users will remember that Microsoft entered the Antivirus market many years ago with MSAV, a utility in MSDOS 6, I think. It did not remain long.

    Now, with almost every PC on the Internet, with Windows Updates it is a trivial matter to provide cost-effective antipiracy measures.
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    Windows 8 pro Retail


    I'll stick to the theorem you get what you pay for. Anything free in the final analysis will fail you.
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