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Do you STILL trust Microsoft to build antivirus support into Windows 8

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    Do you STILL trust Microsoft to build antivirus support into Windows 8



    Summary: Is building an antivirus package into Windows a bad idea?

    Microsoft is building antivirus support directly into Windows 8. But following a blunder the other day that caused the Google Chrome browser to be identified malware, do you still trust Microsoft to deliver effective protection?

    The problem was outlined in a blog post over on the Google Chrome Blog yesterday:

    Earlier today, we learned that the Microsoft Security Essentials tool began falsely identifying Google Chrome as a piece of malware (”PWS:Win32/Zbot”) and removing it from people’s computers.
    Do you STILL trust Microsoft to build antivirus support into Windows 8? | ZDNet

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    Honestly, right now, I don't. Most likely I'll be installing KIS 2012 come beta time because having a built in anti-virus is great and all, it doesn't catch everything that an add-on product will. That is the pickle for me since I do a lot of hard drive scanning and have been terrorized a couple times even though I had KIS 2012 installed.
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    "Do you STILL trust Microsoft to build antivirus support into Windows 8"

    For 8102, yeah, I do.
    We'll see what happens with beta, RTM and release.
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    ZDNet likes hype. Their authors often go overboard. Granted, MSE is not the greatest AV program, but it works pretty well for the average browsing pattern.
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    Earlier today, we learned that the Microsoft Security Essentials tool began falsely identifying Google Chrome as a piece of malware (”PWS:Win32/Zbot”) and removing it from people’s computers.
    Other AV manufacturers have dropped just as big gaffs, if not bigger. I think Microsoft Security Essentials provides a good level of basic protection for the user.
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    I think the AV companies don't even have an opinion. Microsoft has the right to protect their users, they can't just keep coding and patching up security flaws that get found when a user didn't have any anti-virus installed. It must be slightly frustrating for them.

    And also, they've found that once a user gets a new PC, they're protected only with a trialware product and after that, nothing. It might be the users fault and it might be the AV company's fault.
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    I use MS MSE and Malwarebytes Anti Malware. MSE since it's first release, have not had a Virus. Went from AVG, which is good. I like the fact that MSE has a clean interface, and notifies you to update or scan with a color change.
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    Windows 8′s Built In Antivirus Still Has A Way To Go

    When Microsoft finally unveiled the Windows 8 Developer Preview edition a couple of weeks ago one of the items included with it was a built in anti-virus solution. While Microsoft does have it’s own antivirus software – Microsoft Security Essentials – it is optional for the PC user. Many people like to use other antivirus companies like Symantec and AVG. So it was interesting to hear that Microsoft are looking to ship Windows 8 with built in antivirus features. However according to a security research firm, it’s not very good at the moment.
    Windows 8's Built In Antivirus Still Has A Way To Go
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    Hi all
    The trouble with these types of notes is that if a substantial part of your business is in supplying av software then can you really expect them to do nothing when MS could cause their software to be redundant.

    Would you let the Fox guard the hen house or rely on Shell or Texaco to produce a clean gas free motor.

    MSE does pretty well against similar products and assuming users surf responsibly.


    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Cookieman said it perfectly.

    For the average user this out of the box virus protection is good but of course you will always get better support with something you pay for on a yearly basis, and its still in relatively early development so just imagine what it will be like in Windows 8 RC
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