Windows Defender helps Windows 8 stop common malware

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Security vendor BitDefender ran 385 samples of malware most favored by cybercriminals on a Windows 8 system to test the Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) latest operating system. The company found that the pre-installed Windows Defender successfully filtered out all but 15 percent of them. The outcome is significantly different when Windows Defender was disabled however, resulting in 234 of the sample malware running without any problems.

As reported on eWeek, Alexandru Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at BitDefender, praised the out-of-box security of Windows 8 compared to Windows 7, noting that "The pre-installed Windows Defender that now ships with Windows 8 makes a difference when it comes to narrowing the impact of malware."

The tests were completely automated and conducted on three physical machines running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8 with Windows Defender disabled. As such, zero-day exploits were not considered, as were attacks delivered through the web browser, Flash, Java, or non-executable scripts such as JavaScript.

Still, Windows 8 users should not be overconfident and should continue practicing safe computing habits to protect themselves from social engineering attempts. Indeed, the presence of a single malware is all that is required to completely compromise a PC.

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