To date, the different editions of Windows 8 that we have seen all came running Microsoft’s own Windows Defender antivirus software as default. However it looks like this won’t be the case when it’s finally released to the public.
According to Gary Davis, director of global consumer product marketing for McAfee, Microsoft will be giving third party vendors preference and letting them choose what antivirus they want to install to protect PCs.
Normally OEM’s prefer to include trial versions of antivirus software to get consumers up and running, then they try and get them to purchase the software when the trial expires.
Sources say that Microsoft have come under a lot of pressure from their OEM partners to do this. Of course this is quite a large source of revenue for them so I doubt that they would be too happy if Microsoft took this away from them.
Windows 8 will only activate Windows Defender if there is no other Anti-Virus software installed on a computer. Even if Windows 8 detects that no more antivirus updates are being installed, it will offer Windows Defender as a possible solution to the problem.
When the PC stops receiving AV signature updates, probably because a trial antivirus has expired, Windows 8 begins a 15-day countdown. During those 15 days, the Action Center, will continue to warn the user that the AntiVirus software has expired and provide them with information on how to renew it. Then at the end of those 15 days, the user will be presented with the option to install Windows Defender to protect their PC. After that, it will be up to the user to install another piece of anti virus software or install Windows Defender.
Up until now, Windows 8 came with Windows Defender activated as default, but this is probably because Microsoft would rather that Windows 8 was protected by their own software than by third party companies who haven’t had a chance to optimise their software for the new operating system yet.
In addition to this article, why not bring up some free anti virus software from Microsoft currently? Microsoft has this free anti virus out called Microsoft Security Essentials. It is free, but only works on PCs that are genuine, meaning that they are activated copies of Windows. I personally use Microsoft Security Essentials on my personal Windows PC, and also have it installed onto all of my family's computers. That includes my mom, dad, sister, and grandmother. And also my friends.
In addition to running Microsoft Security Essentials, I also advise you run MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware at least once a month, with the real time feature turned off. This is very important; it can cause serious issues in your PC performance with the two trying to compete with each other.
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