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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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  • 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
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  • joytech22
    Good, this is what I was hoping would be included.
    I just hope it supports other antivirus/antimalware solutions at launch like Avast.
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  • ddpruitt
    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.

    This is a somewhat inaccurate statement. Rootkits are installed on the harddisk and load as part of or before the OS which is what makes them dangerous. Rootkits aren't firmware (and before UEFI the old BIOSes were so indiosyncratic few viruses were written for them). UEFI can allow only a signed driver's to run but the functionality isn't enabled by default on most setups and most systems don't run UEFI (although I'm sure this will start changing soon).

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  • Gundam288
    Not many people are going to use Windows 8 when compared to windows XP, Vista, and 7. So not many people are going to write malware for a "walled garden" OS and waste their time when it will most likely have very little market share and almost nothing worth stealing on most systems.
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  • memadmax
    I don't need this crap because I don't use Internet Explorer and I'm a little smarter than that...
    So... How can I disable it along with the disabled start bar? >_>
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  • nukemaster
    Gundam288Not many people are going to use Windows 8 when compared to windows XP, Vista, and 7. So not many people are going to write malware for a "walled garden" OS and waste their time when it will most likely have very little market share and almost nothing worth stealing on most systems.I see lots of "Walled Garden" talk yet you still have everything on the desktop you wanted. The metro apps are that way, but it sure beats having tons of junk installed and running constantly.

    Out on the desktop side, you can do whatever the hell you want to do anyway.

    Did you ever try Win8?
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  • alextheblue
    memadmaxI don't need this crap because I don't use Internet Explorer and I'm a little smarter than that...So... How can I disable it along with the disabled start bar? >_>Heck, I don't even know why Google pays people to find flaws in Chrome. It's stupid because Chrome is FLAWLESS and there is no possible attack vector if you use Chrome! /sarcasm

    Here's a thought: Most users click on any link you send them via Facebook etc. There are vulnerabilities in lots of software, including browsers. Why disable the extra security? Why ding MS for making Windows 8 even more secure than the already-quite-decent Windows 7? Why complain about IE when recent versions are actually pretty secure and not too shabby overall, for a stock browser. Especially IE10 on Win8. For a lot of typical users, these are good improvements to have, even if they never see them.

    It sounds like you want them to write an OS designed for the elite few, capable of securing/policing their own machines and networks, which is silly.
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  • willard
    back_by_demandWow, every comment about Windows 8 is stunningly negative, even without thinkingWelcome to Tom's Hardware, home of the "I hate everything and everything's too expensive for my allowance" commenters.
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