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  • Antivirus in Windows 8.1

    Posted on October 22nd, 2013 at 09:35 woody 40 comments

    I steadfastly recommend and use Microsoft’s built-in Microsoft Security Essentials on all of my machines, including my main machine, which is running Windows 8.1.

    Many of your disagree, though, particularly in light of Microsoft saying that MSE isn’t expected to lead the pack in new protection.

    With that as prelude, EP just sent this to me:

    Hey Woody. Now that Windows 8.1 is officially out there’s one serious issue that has to be dealt with – Antivirus/antispyware programs and Windows 8.1 compatibility. 

    Spybot Search & Destroy version 2.2 is fully compatible with Windows 8.1 as announced here: http://www.safer-networking.org/2013/new-spybot-2-2-to-support-windows-8-1/

     Avira antivirus programs version 2014 (the newly released ones) are compatible with Windows 8.1 as noted here: http://www.avira.com/en/support-for-business-knowledgebase-detail/kbid/1495

    But the 2013 and earlier versions of Avira are not Win8.1 compatible. At least this time, Avira isn’t late to the party for Win8.1.

    Avast starting with version 9.0.2006 is fully compatible with Windows 8.1 as I saw somewhere in their forums site. The 2014 version of AVG is also Win8.1 compatible.

    Most major antivirus/antispyware products (like Symantec, Mcafee and ESET) have been recently updated to fully work on Windows 8.1 though some haven’t made official announcements on their web sites for Windows 8.1 compatiblity.

    40 Responses to “Antivirus in Windows 8.1”

    1. Lachlan says:

      Thanks for all the helpful info all,
      Just a query, only bought a new device running win8.1 today, the top menu bar in windows defender says “pc status: potentially unprotected”, even though I just ran a scan.

      Do I need to get additional malware/antivirus protection or is this just defender doing its thing?

      • woody says:

        @Lachlan –

        Defender probably has to go through one download cycle. You can update it manually, or just leave it alone for a day or two.

    2. al gee says:

      Went to run a complete scan (WD 8.1)and got the orange warning message
      PC status: Potentially unprotected
      And stated that stated (giving a date) that a scan had not been run in over 2 weeks. I had the understanding that WD ran a quick scan daily,automatic settings.Was this just referring to a complete scan? Have not changed any settings.

    3. RUSTIC says:

      Hey i just installed eset smart security 8 but i didn’t know that window defender was too a antivirus program my laptop crashed and but fortunately it started up.
      Now i want to uninstall eset but it is not listed in uninstall program option. HOW DO I UNINSTALL IT??

    4. Bishop says:

      I have a new computer w/ Windows 8.1 it came w/ a trial version of McAfee which will expire in 10 days. I was inquiring about MSE/Windows Defender…I noticed that it is presently TURNED OFF on my computer

      My question do I have to wait until McAfee expires or can I turn on MSE/Windows Defender now and somehow get rid of McAfee before its expiration?

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