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Windows 8 to offer built-in malware protection

Microsoft revealed during its Build Developer’s Conference in California that Windows 8 will offer built-in malware protection. Microsoft plans on tweaking the popular Windows Defender tool by adding more robust features from its free Security Essentials product.

In essence, Security Essentials requires a separate download while the built-in Windows Defender lacked important defense elements against malware. So why not integrate the two to a certain degree?

“We’ve taken Defender and we’ve actually built a whole new range of protection.. all the way up through antimalware, antivirus, all that is built into Defender,” Sinofsky states.

The company basically plans on improving security from the boot level by introducing a new feature in Windows 8 called Secured Boot. During the Build demonstration, Microsoft tried to boot up a computer with an infected USB thumb drive. Rather than booting into Windows, the computer detected the malware and stopped the boot process. The computer then displayed a warning message that the system had been compromised.

“We’ve taken a very broad approach to improving the level of protection you’ll get from malware in Windows 8, including the use of SDL processes to be secure by design, the implementation and upgrading of mitigations to help protect you against exploits used by malware, improvements to Windows Defender to provide you with real-time protection against all categories of malware, and the use of URL and application reputation to help protect you against social engineering attacks,” Microsoft states.

Now, its just a matter of time before third-party vendors like Symantec and McAfee accuse Microsoft of “anti-competitive” behavior or begin to slash prices on their security products to earn customers. Either way, its a win-win situation for Windows 8 users.

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