Windows 10 Is Trying Really Hard To Kill Extra Antivirus

Windows 10 Is Trying Really Hard to Kill Extra Antivirus

Windows 10 might be the "most secure Windows ever", but the unfortunate reality is that companies and hospitals far and wide are getting hacked faster than ever. As a result, Microsoft is bulking up its enterprise-level defences. Windows already ships with some built-in antivirus called Windows Defender. Currently, it's a defensive program that looks at websites and downloads to try and stop you from getting hacked. Unfortunately, in the day and age of social engineering and spear-phishing, antivirus needs to be a little more proactive.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (shortened to WDATP, because there's no way I'm typing that out more than once) is supposed to be that protection for large, company-wide networks. WDATP move the focus from monitoring individual files to the machine's behaviour as a whole — rather than searching for the actual virus, it keeps an eye on symptoms.

If your machine starts connecting to weird ports or executing unusual PowerShell commands — behaviour that's out of the ordinary for the vast majority of users — WDAPT will flag it to administrators, providing an overview of current and past behaviour for admins to look at.

Microsoft's also trying to take advantage of the vast Windows install base to kickstart its antivirus program. Millions of suspicious files found on machines worldwide will be run on the cloud, building a giant centralised database of malicious files, but also malicious behaviour.

WDAPT will launch later this year as an optional service for companies. But if the benefits of networked antivirus works out — and Microsoft can figure a way to make it work without needing trained IT professionals in the loop — it's easy to see it make its way to consumers in the future. Hopefully, there'll be enough time to come up with a better name.

[Microsoft]


Comments

    Will still use third-party security suites.

    After their ongoing Windows 10 nonsense, I trust Microsoft about as far as I can throw Nadella's chair... with Steve Balmer sitting in it... and Bill Gates on his lap... holding his entire fortune in gold... and wearing really heavy glasses.

      What exactly do you hate about Windows 10?

        More poignant question would be: What's there to like about Windows 10?

          It's easy upgrade
          Better security
          Easier to install
          umm.. yeah..

            So after you've upgraded and installed: not much. And security? I can't help that my WinX VMs leak data like a sieve. That doesn't sound very secure.

              Are you incapable of actually describing something in detail?

              "My car chews through petrol"
              could be large engine
              wrong fuel
              leak in fuel tank

              EXACTLY how does your VM "Leak" data that makes it so insecure?

              What data does your Win10 install transmit that you don't have the option to turn off? For that matter, what actual data do you think is leaking? Have you done a pcap and looked at the data sent to Microsoft? I have.

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