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    Default Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    Hi all ,

    I am here looking for some suggestions about security of windows 8 Release Preview.

    I’m currently usingWindows 7, and I install Microsoft Security Essentials. Now I would like to try windows 8 Release Preview, and I have never tried any version of windows 8 before, so I don't know much about windows 8. Will I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview? Are there any antivirus apps compatible with Windows 8?

    Please be kind to provide any suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    Hi PaulAndy, welcome to our forum.

    You dont need to install any antivirus software in windows 8 because windows defender comes with the OS. You can press windows key + Q to search "windows defender" to protect your computer.

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    Just so you know, MSE is at version 4 in Win 7. WD is at V6 in Win 8 RP. WD is MSE renamed for Win 8

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    btw you can install avast antivirus v7 and bitdefender beta 2013 which supports windows 8 RP

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    BTW, just use the security that is native to Windows8 & btw, it is ON by default... you don't need to do anything, except be glad it's, already, there for you. No cost, no headaches, no downloads, no installs needed, no decisions.

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    Many different AV/AM apps will work. They will disable WD during the installation. However, I am having pretty good success with the native WD.

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    All I'm suggesting, is there's enough to tackle for newbies to Windows8... ergo, why look a gift-horse in the mouth? Makes no sense. MS has handed ppl a very good security piece... works well, quietly in the background, does anti-virus & anti-malware, it's free, no annual renewal, auto updates, nothing to DL or install & it's even ON by default.

    "If, it ain't broke, don't fix it"

    Geeeez, just be glad, say thanx & waste no more time over it, instead just spend time enjoying the rest of the OS... one less part over which you need to concern yourselves.

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    Definitely, Win 8 RP is for testing. Test the OS. Don't worry over the AV/AM app. There is a great native app. Let that do it's work.

    Ya know with a good up to date image, even if something really bad happens, you can format and restore the Image in about 10 minutes.

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    Hi all,

    Thank you very much for your answers. I guess I should follow your suggestions. I have installed windows 8 RP, and give up all AV softwares. Windows Defender is very good. Thank you all.

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    Default Re: Can I install antivirus software on Windows 8 Release Preview?

    PaulAndy, welcome to the forum!

    If you ever want to check to make sure that WD is protecting you, run the ESET Online Scanner. It's free and with no strings attached. It's best to run this from IE, as more choices, such as scanning for potentially unwanted programs, can be done.

    ESET :: Get a FREE Online Virus Scan

    Also, you can install Malwarebytes Free, after install & opening the app, it'll offer you a 14 day Free trial. Security must be multi-layered. Do a Full scan with it once a month, remembering to manually update it prior to scanning.

    Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61 - FileHippo.com

    Any concerns or other questions related to your security, or any aspect of Win 8 RP, always feel free to report back. Also, feel free to participate in discussions, there's always a question that needs an answer here.

    Best of Luck,
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