When a new operating system is launched in the market, the first thing that users and critics look into is the security feature(s). Not just users and critics who have to evaluate the operating system for the sake of running podcasts, but hackers also set their eyes on a new OS’ security features as they have to take advantage of the loopholes in it. This cliché also applies to Windows 8, the latest (not even a month old) futuristic operating system from Microsoft. However, it won’t be wrong if I say that Microsoft Windows 8 has raised the bar for computer security and other OS also in terms of security features.
With Windows 8 comes a string of advanced security features for PCs, tablets and Smartphones which remain vulnerable despite being at the helm of antivirus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware programs. Considering that Windows users need extra protection from hackers and malicious software, Microsoft fortified Windows 8 with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, which replaces the traditional BIOS system) for Secure Boot; Windows Defender, which is a complete security solution for Windows machines; SmartScreen filter, which determines whether the downloadable files are safe for use or not; ELAM (Early Launch Anti-Malware) which ensures that the security software loads up and runs 영상협박 first on your computer before the Windows loads up; and improved Windows Firewall which has been there from the beginning to monitor the incoming & outgoing web traffic and block unauthorized users from making connections to your computer.
UEFI, ELAM, and SmartScreen are the features that automatically function to protect your computer from malicious software and hackers without your intervention. Windows Defender is more like the substitute for third-party antivirus program(s) which you install on your computer and then run virus scans from it. Thus Windows Defender is the anti-malware program which you will have to find on your computer to run virus scans, remove malicious software, update virus & malware definitions, and schedule automatic virus scans.
Windows Defender is an enhanced & free three-in-one security software which integrates a strong antivirus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware. Windows Defender supersedes Microsoft Security Essentials, which is a free anti-malware program (released 2-3 years back) from Microsoft designed to fulfill the security needs of Windows users. Since Windows Defender comes pre-loaded with your Windows 8 computer, you simply have to locate it to be able to start using it.
· Bring up the Charms bar by pressing the Windows + C key combination and then tap Search on it. In the Search bar, type ‘Defender’ or ‘Windows Defender’ and then click the Search button.
· Tap the Windows Defender icon to open it up. Another window will now open up. You might be surprised to see the look of Windows Defender as it would resemble the look of Microsoft Security Essentials. But there is nothing to worry about as Windows Defender is the complete security solution for your computer as compared to Microsoft Security Essentials.
· From the Home tab, you can the status of your computer’s security and also choose to run a Quick, Custom, or Full virus scan for selected items or all the items. On the Update tab, you can update the program with latest security definitions and patches. From the History tab, you can check the history of deleted, blocked items, their level of maliciousness, their types and other details. On the Settings tab, you can customize the settings, schedule automatic virus scans, and do lot more.