Windows 8 Have its Own Antivirus! Good or Bad?
Installing an Antivirus is one of the first tasks you must do after you install Windows. Earlier, all Windows systems came with a small default firewall and a tiny unpopular anti-spyware system named Windows Defender. But now, in Windows 8, this small defender is going to get more tougher! Its going to come out as a full antivirus system!
Microsoft also have a popular free anti-virus system named Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s a very basic security system which does a pretty good job in cleaning most of the malware from your system. But, it doesn’t have many features like most of the other premium suits. So, I never use it on my machines.
When I opened Windows Defender on my new Win 8 machine, I saw the interface of Microsoft security essentials! Have they merged them together? Are they shipping Windows 8 with a full anti virus system? I just did some research and found out that they have really merged the two systems in order to proved a full antivirus system with Win8. What do you tink? Is it good or bad? The answer is… good and bad both!
The good :
- There are many home users who ignore antivirus systems. All they want is a working system. They just install Windows, then start their work. After something happens, they go crying for help! But, if Windows is shipping with an antivirus already installed… Then, these ignorant users will be saved. Actually, it will protect a lot of users. This will also save a lot of time and money.
The bad :
People like me, does a lot of work in the web and the default Windows Defender which comes in Win 8 is not enough for us. We need a lot of features and tools to protect us. So, the first thing I will do is, remove Windows defender and install something like Bitdefender or Kaspersky.
Most of us doesn’t feel ok to remove an existing antivirus and install another one. Because, most of them, doesn’t get removed completely. Things can get worse sometimes… So, if we are not satisfied with Windows Defender, can we remove it completely? Actually, I can’t give you a good answer for this…
Some say that running the same antivirus in millions of machines will make things easier for the hackers. They just have to make sure that their malware will bypass one single antivirus rather than spending time trying to make it bypass many guards! So, that’s a big disadvantage.
Microsoft already face many complains for shipping Internet Explorer with their system. That’s why EU have forced them to give the users a choice without just giving IE. Actually, I really hate IE because it’s the worst nightmare of a web designer. When it comes to browser compatibility for modern web standards, IE always comes in the way!
I really don’t know what Microsoft have in mind. Are they planning to crush other antivirus vendors? Or, are they simply trying to protect their users? What do you think? Do you like this idea?