Windows 8
March 11, 2013
By Greg Wasson, End Point Security Program Manager

On October 26, 2012, Microsoft released their latest operating system, Windows 8. Along with their many new upgrades and refreshes, one of the features in Windows 8 is the built-in anti-malware protection. Microsoft has included anti-spyware protection with the operating system since Windows Vista. That has now been expanded to include malware protection, not just spyware.  Called Defender, it is Windows 8’s anti-malware solution.  If no active anti-malware software is found, Windows 8 will activate Defender to keep the end user protected. This is Microsoft’s way of providing baseline anti-malware protection and keeping the general computing population safer than they were before.

You’re probably wondering why I am outlining these new features in Windows 8. Well, ICSA Labs tested and certified several anti-malware solutions designed to run on Windows 8. The following products met ICSA Labs criteria for a desktop/server anti-malware certified solution:

  • Ahnlab V3 Internet Security 9.0
  • ESET Endpoint security
  • GFI Software Vipre Internet Security
  • Microsoft Windows 8 with Defender active (both 32 and 64 bit versions)


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