Better Malware Protection in Windows 8

All operating systems need a security protection, especially those one being used by many users and for many purposes. Whether you are using Windows, Macintosh, Linux or other operating system, you will need an Anti-Malware protection. Windows comes with a great feature known as Windows Security Center in Windows XP and Windows Vista or Action Center in Windows 7 and Windows 8 and in case there is no protection in the system, it will notify the user and ask them to get one. In the past, you should always pay a subscription fee to get an Anti-Malware product, there was companies who offered a free Anti-Malware, but they put limitation on protection features and encourage users to buy a paid edition. Users also faced advertisement over their screens or inside Anti-Malware product to buy a paid edition especially during holidays and special occasions. Later on Microsoft introduced Microsoft Security Essentials which is free Anti-Malware protection for Windows. There is no limitation in term of Anti-Malware protection and protection engine and there is no paid edition of this products for customers and general users. There is a licensing limitation and limitation in managing it in an enterprise level, which addressed through other products such as System Center Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune Endpoint Protection. If you are a home user or you are looking for protection for your family, Microsoft Security Essentials will do all you need. When Microsoft Security Essentials released, all Windows users were able to protect themselves completely without purchasing Anti-Malware protection. There was a problem that many users wasn’t aware of Microsoft Security Essentials and if they do, they won’t install it for some other reasons.

There was another big steps to protect Windows users all over the world, it was to release a Windows with a free Anti-Malware product pre-installed inside it. Windows 8 released with Anti-Malware protection inside the operating system, it known as Windows Defender. This name (Windows Defender) is not a new name, since Windows Vista and Windows 7 released with Windows Defender and this product was available to download for Windows XP users. But what makes it different in Windows 8 was it comes with full Anti-Malware protection in Windows 8 (unlike Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 , Windows Defender only protect users against Spyware and Adware and won’t provide any protections against Virus, Worm, Trojan and other threats). Windows 8 was the first operating system that after a fresh install its Action Center wouldn’t warn user about installing Anti-Malware products. This step was a great start to protect millions Windows users all over the world as everyone would have all needed protection in place including Anti-Malware product. However, challenges to combat against malwares remains. Many PC manufacturer, selling their products which pre-installed software including trial version of Anti-Malware products which will expires after few months. When the product expired, it will display a warning to pay to continue protect yourself and most users will ignore this warning and putting their system in a risk of not getting update or stay protect against new threats. The other challenge is unknown threats which might not detect by Anti-Malware products and this requires users and Anti-Malware companies work closer together by submitting samples of unknown threats and Anti-Malware researchers, develop new engines for better detection of unknown threats.

Moving forward, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 comes with Anti-Malware product (Windows Defender) which is free and protect users against all type of malwares. Windows architecture also comes with new security features like Secure Boot, enhance ASLR protections and protect users even better.


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