Even though Windows 8 will come with its own built in protection, many users might find some more peace of mind by deploying a third-party system.
Antivirus Options For Windows 8
Windows Defender on Windows 8 will be the first built in ant-virus and anti-malware package to be deployed by Microsoft on their OS. But then there’s still a lot to be found out about the viability of Windows 8.
First of all, Defender comes in as a last resort and will be disabled by any other anti-virus that may be present on the system. Defender will only kick in when it detects that your PC is sans any manner of protection.
If you have used Microsoft Security Essentials, the new Defender will feel familiar. They both use the same antimalware engine underneath and hence work similarly. That is why the reviews of Security essentials are a good way to judge the preliminary conditions of the new Defender. Of course, these programs change with every update and hence your mileage will definitely vary. The effectiveness of these programs vary with each update.
As per one test run by the respected AV-Test labs some time back, Microsoft’s Security Essentials ranked fifth amongst 7 free antivirus solutions. It had a detection rate of 97 percent against the 99.9 percent from the toppers. The labs have also published the latest results on their website — http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/marapr-2012/ — where the Security Essentials pack has now moved up to the third position right behind Bitdefender and Kaspersky. But then the malware detections rates have fallen to 21st place out of 22 tested.
So you might want to explore other options too. AVG Free Edition is definitely a popular option and figures prominently in recent AV-Tests. It doesn’t have the strongest detection rates but lags behind the top few by decimal points. Avast is another popular solution that has high detection rates and good reliability. Then there’s Panda Cloud Antivirus and Avira Free AntiVirus too. Whichever you choose, make sure that you remain updated at all times and practice safe internet habits.