Windows 8: Improved security and super fast boot

Shortly after Windows 7 launched, Microsoft began testing Microsoft Security Essentials for the PC to help keep users secure and safe from malware, spyware, Trojans and viruses.

Microsoft Windows is the world’s most popular operating system, but with the popularity comes a wave of spammers, hackers and virus makers to infect PCs and steal personal information.

Microsoft released Windows Live OneCare, an anti-virus program, in retail stores in the United States in 2006. The software was later discontinued in March 2010, but it already had a free successor, Microsoft Security Essentials.

Since MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) didn’t launch with Windows 7, it was offered as a separate free download for users to help secure their PCs from potential threats.

Windows 8 will further intertwine all of these great security features, but include more security for even the most basic users. Windows 8 will include an improved anti-spyware and anti-malware Windows Defender.

“Windows Drive-By Attack” will prompt users when a file or website they are browsing, even if the website isn’t blacklisted or picked up by the browser, that the site is trying to download and install malware, preventing the machine from being infected.

Microsoft will cross reference suspicious files with their database and alert users if the file they are attempting to download through Internet Explorer 10 is infected. To help make sure users are aware that the website or download is infected, Windows 8 will show a full screen green bar across the users screen that a potential threat has been detected.

Infected USB Protection:

Windows 8 will include a safe guard against infected USB sticks from launching attacks against the machine by warning the user that the stick is infected and preventing it from loading or executing any commands. Users will then have the opportunity to remove the device or clean it.

Windows also safe guards against USB attacks on startup, which will prompt a boot screen to either clean the device or remove it and continue with Windows 8. This is just one of the many new security measures that is being built into Windows.

Clean PC:

If users ever do get infected by malware, viruses or even corrupt files, with a few clicks of a mouse, or fingers, Windows can take all your documents, photos, and important files, lift them from Windows, perform a system files restore, and place all your files back down, but with an uninfected PC.

There is also the option to just clean Windows 8 completely and restart from a fresh install without having to use a disc. The second option will wipe all your files and clean your desktop in only a matter of minutes.

Super Fast Boot:

During the demonstration of Windows 8 on Tuesday, Microsoft showed off how Windows 8 will start up within a few seconds to a useable desktop. Windows 8 developer preview build 8102 boots up in under 13 seconds from a cold start to the start screen on the Samsung 700T tablet.

Not only does Windows 8 perform super fast boot times on all systems, but it also includes fast shut down times. Supported processors will be able to reduce their power consumption by roughly 80% and use the remaining 20% power to perform shut down tasks.

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I think the article should mention that in order to achieve the best Star/shut down performances the computer must use EFI and not the old Bios.

The reason I believe this matter is very important is people expectation:
The majority of potential users out there do not have a clue about EFI and BIOS therefore they would start complaining if their box, using BIOS, does not perform as well as described in the article.

Nice features but LOL "Windows Drive-By Attack" that name is the worst name of a feature ever. Why not call it by its original simple name: SmartScreen.

It appears Windows is going to have some new points of interest. Now if only the file weren't downloading at ~90 KB/sec, this would be going a lot smoother. -.-'

Excuse me for not towing the party line.
My OS is working just fine.
You can't expect everyone here to be a Windows 8 fanboy.

Hum said,
Excuse me for not towing the party line.
My OS is working just fine.
You can't expect everyone here to be a Windows 8 fanboy.

Mine's working fine, as well, but you don't see me being ignorant. I, like most people commenting on this article, am interested in trying Windows 8 out.

All the features in 8 sound great, really, but the entire Metro UI is just shockingly bad. A bit like the new Google UI push, its a step back.

I like the fast boot a lot. Amazing. Everything is amazing. They should straighten all the bugs out and refine Pro UI more, currently it is a bit ugly IMO. Metro UI is good and still room for improvement. Finally, if they can release it faster, that would be better because people are still going to buy iPad. To compete, they need to make big impact right now. Time is ticking.

The samsung slate pc looks so hot.

Quick Shot said,
I like the Clean PC idea.

So do i, i no longer need to format PC's for people. Hopefully i can tell them how to and it will be easy enough for them to do so!

just formatted my 2nd hdd for this tonight. my question is will any of my mobo drivers work for this build? can i use windows 7 drivers on it? i know this isn't for daily use but will any antivirus software work?

smooth3006 said,
just formatted my 2nd hdd for this tonight. my question is will any of my mobo drivers work for this build? can i use windows 7 drivers on it? i know this isn't for daily use but will any antivirus software work?

Windows 7 drivers will work.

I wish they'd take the Forefront endpoint protection way out of it with MSE / Defender..... make it the shell program, give it basic definitions, but you CAN buy other engines that plug into it without needing a whole new UI.... MS does this with FEP you can run as many scan engines as you want all thorugh one client

Yea, it is really great that they are merging MSE into Windows Defender!

Still, I expect AV software companies to bitch about this soon.

KavazovAngel said,
Yea, it is really great that they are merging MSE into Windows Defender!

Still, I expect AV software companies to bitch about this soon.

Why?
They don't install by default.

Customers have to make the concious choice to get free security from MS.

Hum said,
I don't need either

Now that's what I call a fail comment, seems like you desperately need to grab some attention by posting something stupid.

Jarrichvdv said,

Now that's what I call a fail comment, seems like you desperately need to grab some attention by posting something stupid.

He has 38,863 posts!

Jarrichvdv said,

Now that's what I call a fail comment, seems like you desperately need to grab some attention by posting something stupid.

he does , all the real word crap he posts

s3n4te said,
He has 38,863 posts!
It's quite easy if you only post one sentence responses, especially if most are banal and barely relate to the topic. I guess they don't have anything better to do with their free time, which is rather depressing.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's quite easy if you only post one sentence responses, especially if most are banal and barely relate to the topic. I guess they don't have anything better to do with their free time, which is rather depressing.

He tends to post religious uhh **** - I don't have a problem with it - just the arguments that it causes