ESET Praises Windows 8 Security

ESET has poured praise onto Windows 8's security features, with Microsoft said to be taking a better approach with the upcoming operating system than its predecessors in regards to anti-malware protection.

A researcher for the anti-virus company, Aryeh Goretsky, mentioned the integration of ELAM (Early Launch Anti-Malware) into the OS. ELAM ensures the first software driver that loads into Windows 8 will be the driver of a user's anti-malware software.

Earlier Windows versions would initiate a random process when loading driver software, which could possibly lead to malware launching first on a user's system and then disabling a machine's security.

"While the effectiveness of ELAM is as yet unproven, the concept behind it is fundamentally sound and it should prove to be a major deterrence to boot-time malware," Goretsky said. "The technology, however, may need to be periodically updated to overcome existing limitations and provide additional functionality."

"It has no ability to remove malware. ELAM is strictly a detection technology at this point," he warned. The feature must run alongside additional security software such as Microsoft's Windows Defender, which is pre-installed on Windows 8.

In addition to ELAM, Windows 8 also contains UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). The security component requires digitally signed firmware to be utilized during boot-up so it can prevent rootkits.

Windows 8 officially launches on October 26.

 

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  • back_by_demand
    Wow, every comment about Windows 8 is stunningly negative, even without thinking
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    I suppose Microsoft should not even try then, eh? Let's not bother doing anything to stop malware? Give me a break
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  • willard
    back_by_demandWow, every comment about Windows 8 is stunningly negative, even without thinking

    Welcome to Tom's Hardware, home of the "I hate everything and everything's too expensive for my allowance" commenters.
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  • teodoreh
    UEFI will be there to ensure no illegal copies of Windows will be installed, under the cover of security improvement.
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  • nebun
    lol...ELAM...is useless...it's just a gimmick....how effective Microsoft's Windows Defender is anyways?
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  • back_by_demand
    Wow, every comment about Windows 8 is stunningly negative, even without thinking
    ...
    I suppose Microsoft should not even try then, eh? Let's not bother doing anything to stop malware? Give me a break
    20