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  • Do I need to install antivirus software? I tried installing Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 but it said that the version of windows is not supported.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:36 PM

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  • Theres already one pre-installed. Microsoft Security Essentials or known in windows 8 "Windows Defender"
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:38 PM
  • Microsoft Security Essentials is now consolidated into Windows Defender.

    And Windows Defender is already shippend and installed in the preview.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:44 PM
  • On Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:38:21 +0000, Orcale Blue Fox wrote:

    Microsoft Security Essentials or known in windows 8 "Windows Defender"

    MSE and Windows Defender are not the same thing.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/security_essentials/default.aspx


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Debug:  The act of placing shoe leather against a small creeping creature.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:46 PM
  • On Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:38:21 +0000, Orcale Blue Fox wrote:

    Microsoft Security Essentials or known in windows 8 "Windows Defender"

    MSE and Windows Defender are not the same thing.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/security_essentials/default.aspx


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Debug:  The act of placing shoe leather against a small creeping creature.

    just realized that now. It just has the look and feel of MSE. 
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:47 PM
  • If you take the time to start it in Windows 8 you notice that the Windows Defender talks also about Virus definitions and about real-time protection against viruses.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:49 PM
  • I know MSE and Defender are different but I believe I read that in Win8, the MSE features (aka Antivirus) will be brought into Defender.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:50 PM
  • On Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:50:12 +0000, JHoff80 wrote:

    I know MSE and Defender are different but I believe I read that in Win8, the MSE features (aka Antivirus) will be brought into Defender.

    That would appear to be the case.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Network:  The occupation of a fisherman.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:53 PM
  • Although Windows Defender is already included, some antiviruses such as Avast! and Avira still work on Windows 8. I have Avira Premium Security Suite installed, and it runs perfectly.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:02 PM
  • I was wondering about Avast, as I feel it's one of the best packages out there.  I've been using it on 64 bit systems since XP x64.

    I have to wonder...  Does bundling the AV into Windows 8 mean hard times are ahead for 3rd party AV makers?  I'm not sure I trust Microsoft as much as the folks who make Avast, and it would be a shame if the Avast database upkeep fell by the wayside, since so many folks will no longer think they need to buy a 3rd party solution...

    -Noel

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:11 PM
  • I've used MSE since it's release and have never gotten a virus that it couldn't clean.  The only things it's ever notified me of were a few suspicious files I might have downloaded. The way I see it, whoever knows Windows the best should be able to provide the best antivirus software, and who knows the way Windows works better than Microsoft? 
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:54 PM
  • It's good to hear that MSE is decent at least.  The one thing Microsoft definitely has going for it is that the ongoing update process is solid.

    Seems to me, though, that the talent it takes to create an operating system may be different from the talent it takes to discover research threats.  And on another front, if a piece of malware is going to try extra hard to defeat a particular anti-malware system, it's likely to be the one made by Microsoft.

    -Noel

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:21 PM