Windows 8 to use SmartScreen for file checking

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Another day, another leak for Windows 8. This time we bring you a native SmartScreen file checking system that prevents users from launching malicious software on their desktop. Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com discovered this feature on Friday and gives us some more details about it.

If SmartScreen sounds familiar, it's because Microsoft currently uses this technology in both Internet Explorer and Windows Live Messenger 2011. As users attempt to launch a pasted link from within Messenger 2011, the link is subject to an authentication scan, preventing users from opening blacklisted websites. Although this method is used to prevent the spread of malware across the Internet, this feature can be highly annoying to many users just trying to open a safe link.

As Zheng explains, the Windows 8 SmartScreen serves two purposes in the next major operating system from Microsoft. First, the SmartScreen will act as an anti-virus (such as Windows Security Essentials) built-in to the operating system. Secondly, the SmartScreen will prevent malicious software from downloading and running that is unknown or blacklisted by Microsoft.

It is really great to see Microsoft building advanced security measures and techniques into the Windows 8 operating system, further preventing computers from being compromised from malware and malicious software.

Image credit: Long Zheng - istartedsomething.com

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Northgrove said,
The at least as big news here seem to be that the window title is now centered.

I last saw that in Windows 3.11.

Erm, just because someone has cropped/positioned the window like that doesn't Microsoft has made it function like that.

Tony. said,

Erm, just because someone has cropped/positioned the window like that doesn't Microsoft has made it function like that.


What?

Look at the title of the window "Folder Options" is centered in the middle thats what hes talking about not how the window is centered.

Northgrove said,
The at least as big news here seem to be that the window title is now centered.

I last saw that in Windows 3.11.


That's been known for ages now. Take a look at the Windows 8 preview (Windows running on ARM processors) at CES 2011 in January. Titles were centered. Now look at every single Windows 8 leak since then.

As long as they don't take that checkbox away and force it on us, no problem. SmartScreen checking can be really quick like IE8 does it or it can be painfully slow and annoying like IE7 (where it was called Phishing Filter), WLM and IE9's download reputation feature.

xpclient said,
As long as they don't take that checkbox away and force it on us, no problem. SmartScreen checking can be really quick like IE8 does it or it can be painfully slow and annoying like IE7 (where it was called Phishing Filter), WLM and IE9's download reputation feature.

think about IE9 that would be the closet techwise

Ci7 said,

think about IE9 that would be the closet techwise

My experience with IE9's download reputation isn't good. Downloads get stuck all the time at 99% or 100% and "Running security scan...". There's no 'I-know-what-I'm-doing" option in IE9 to not check downloads. Any rare file and it stupidly tells me it could be malicious.

fenderMarky said,
This folder menu must be banned from windows... unified Control Panel!

So true, doesn't look like they are taking this approach though, compatibility is probably the main reason but we can always write new tutorials!

Zain Adeel said,
the title text looks ugly..

That isn't final, the correct font is coming along with the theme.

As if Right-click, Properties, Unblock wasn't annoying enough. One more default to uncheck after a clean OS install I guess. I swear I'm reversing just about every single option in that dialog box.

Despite me liking this idea, that means it will be blocking more than just viruses, for example, any company that doesn't get an expensive signing key and sign every single update and file for their program... Good idea but unless they offer out free signing keys to genuine companies, it'll be a pain in the arse.

I guess now I understand the comment that Ballmer made about Windows 8 being sort of a risk OS....in that they are presenting a lot of new items within the software....

Even though...a lot of what Microsoft is going to highlight in Windows 8 is pretty much what Linux and Apple are already using in their OS's.

Neat that they are considering such a thing. I've never used SmartScreen. Do they have enough feedback for this to be effective, and not block say legitimate tools we use to modify our OS? Or freeware, or other programs? If it blocks something like oxid.it's Cain, then it's pretty bad. The silly part is, Microsoft Security Essentials detects/deletes Cain because of rainbow tables, or a driver, or something. But not Abel, the other half.

And everyone asking about the centered titles. If I recall, Windows Vista/7 had centered title bars in Alpha/Beta; but then they moved it to the left.

why don't they make multi-process explorer defualt ????????? seriously Microsoft it is 2011 for god sake!!!

Ci7 said,
why don't they make multi-process explorer defualt ????????? seriously Microsoft it is 2011 for god sake!!!

Because while the stability of multi-process Explorer is greater, performance is less.

Why the same old window that we have to scrool to see other options. Why they dont do it full screen?

I love the idea of them blocking pretty much everything. Because as my saying goes...

"once you give the user a choice the system collapses."

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