Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

Summary: In a move that is likely to anger the antivirus industry, Microsoft is adding security features from its Security Essentials program to Windows 8.

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Here's good news for consumers but bad news for the antivirus industry - Microsoft will be shipping antivirus protection as standard with the Windows 8 operating system.

That's right. Microsoft is adding features from its Security Essentials program, which is currently available as a separate download for Windows users, to the Windows Defender package already built into Windows. This means that Windows 8 users will get out-of-the-box protection against malware, along with firewall and parental controls from within Windows without requiring users hunt down a separate download or buy new software.

But wait, there's more! Another new security feature being baked into Windows 8 is protection from bootable USB drives that are infected with malware.

One possible downside of including a single antivirus package in with millions of Windows installations is that it could create a security monoculture where the majority of systems are protected by a single application. Attack that one application, and it could be jackpot for the bad guys.

While consumers are going to be happy about this new addition to Windows, the antivirus industry isn't going to be happy. Several companies threatened to kick off when Microsoft first offered Security Essentials to users via Windows Update. This move is likely to kick off more talk of lawsuits.

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[UPDATE: Question just in - What happens if you install another antivirus program?

From what I understand, it will work like Microsoft Security Essentials in that it will automatically shut down if it detects another security program installed.]

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Security

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  • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

    Waaaaaa. Waaaaaaaa. Waaaaaaaaaaaa. They can whine all they want, but if third party AVs didn't suck the life out of your machine, and just all around SUCK, there wouldn't be a problem. Personally, I am happy Microsoft has personally stepped up to the plate to protect its customers. I am happy to see them treat security as a basic right, and not an expensive "option" brought on by scare tactics by the other guys.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

      @Cylon Centurion

      I agree completely and Ms has the right to protect their customers regardless of antitrust and besides nothing is stopping users from putting their own a/v on to the system.
      Viper589
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @Knix96 antitrust he snickers LOL!
        Sun Badger
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

      @Cylon Centurion
      +1. Especially Norton/Symatec, McAfee etc. are themselves the viruses that bring the system to near grinding halt and will not let you work on the system decently.
      Ram U
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @Rama.NET

        +10 million i completely agree
        Viper589
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @Rama.NET

        If you think about it, Norton/Symatec and McAfee made a billion dollar industry out of MS's shortcomings. Why should MS be punished for addressing those shortcomings?
        Michael Kelly
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

      @Cylon Centurion <br><br>It's not just a right. Security and system integrity are basic requirements of an operating system. And an operating system developer needs to be able to insure these requirements security by any means necessary, whether it's AV, firewall, DEP, or whatever tactic deemed necessary. The OS developer also keeps in mind the other needs of an operating system, such as system responsiveness, which the third parties often neglect.<br><br>And this cannot be compared to the bundling of a browser or media player with the OS. Maintaining system integrity is a basic OS function, and thus any utility used to carry that out should be a part of a base OS package.
      Michael Kelly
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @Michael Kelly

        Indeed. Well put. System security has evolved beyond what we're used to seeing. Microsoft is on the right track here.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

      @Cylon Centurion
      Totally agreed......anti virus programs are nothing but resource hoggers
      sagarshirish
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @sagarshirish Yes, most of them are resource hoggers, and MSE is not one of the better ones in that department. Why on earth would you want a resource hog BUILT IN to Windows? I guess it only makes sense, since so many other resource hogs are already built into Windows......
        SilverPuppy
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @sagarshirish

        The ones that are resource hoggers try to do too much. They add things to make the user feel all warm and fuzzy like they are being protected instead of focusing on protecting them. MSE does this well (not that it can't be improved) without irritating the user with tool bars and pop ups and add ins. Quiet responsive protection that basically runs without the user ever having to think about it unless they do something that they are not supposed to do and it trips the program security.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @SilverPuppy, you guys definitely missed the keynotes at BUILD conference including the author of this post. You "can" use your own antivirus if you want to and that will disable the built-in. Also, the memory hogging issues are amazingly mitigated at the kernel level and it was clearly demonstrated in the first day keynotes as well as at msdn blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/15/protecting-you-from-malware.aspx where they show the protection against malicious websites, infected USBs, infected files which were earlier downloaded from the internet using "other" browsers, smartscreen yada yada... Just follow up with the ongoing BUILD conference at buildwindows.com. Also you can actually download and install the developer preview and check out at your own and check out if it satisfies you.
        DanglingPointer
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

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      ahadsarkar
    • +1

      nt
      Federico Churca-Torrusio
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

      @Cylon Centurion

      I couldn't agree more.
      marc57
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

      @Cylon Centurion : Now you guys! Take a look at a bigger picture, not even OS X is free of malware; I don't have a good memory on this, but as far as I remember, they sold me Windows 7 as the most secure OS ever build! Isn't supposed to every OS should not be unsecure? Not to mention glitches from adobe programs or even like Nod32 that has viruses that actually disable it. Common' isn't a OS obbligated to protect my information and not being wide open???
      tnkalgarin
    • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

      @Cylon Centurion
      I run two virus checkers at the same time on a 4 year old Dell XPS 710: Norton IS and Avira. The latter only runs after midnight. I haven't noticed a problem with performance.

      I agree that MS can and should provide provide protection, but I still want independent confirmation that my machine is safe. So I'll keep buying anti-virus software from other sources as well.
      TroutHound
      • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

        @TroutHound
        You have at least a reasonable amount of RAM and a powerful CPU, or you did not run any resource intensive applications. I personally discourage the use of two anti viruses at the same time, it is like running two instances of two separate virtualization software.

        Both Avira and Norton have one goal, to get rid of Windows malware, so you need to install and run just one of them and uninstall and run the other one, or write a script to stop the other engine and start the other one.
        LinuxUser&XPGamerGraphic
  • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

    I use, and have always used, free antivirus solutions. So nobody is losing business from ME. MSE is a fine program. And before anyone calls Antitrust, I think Microsoft has the right to make its OS more secure!!!
    Imrhien
  • RE: Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection

    so whats changed .. I run Security Essentials + nod32 on my widnows 7 PCs and laptops ... ZERO problems!
    I am all for MS taken a greater lead.
    joelhalluk