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Windows 8.1 Users Need Anti-Malware Software

AV-testAs a developer of anti-malware software, we obviously think that you should get an anti-virus scanner to keep your computer safe. But we’re not the only ones.

If you’re running Windows 8 or 8.1, a recent investigation by independent website AV-Test has proven that third-party antivirus software is an essential tool in keeping your system secure.

AV-Test has a long history of investigating anti-virus software, and although their benchmarks aren’t the only indicator of whether anti-virus software is worth using, big discrepancies between Microsoft’s default virus protection (named Defender) and third-party offerings seriously suggests that the built-in Windows protection isn’t good enough.

In fact, according to AV-Test’s investigations, Norman’s anti-virus software was around 50% better at detecting and preventing malware from infecting your computer than Microsoft’s Defender over the past six months. Needless to say, that’s a notable difference.

Other anti-virus software also made the built-in Windows protection look weak.

Norman’s AV-Test Rating

Norman Security Suite Pro continued to register record anti-virus results in December for its ability “to detect widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last four weeks”.

Widespread malware is obviously one of the most dangerous types, as regular users are much more likely to come into contact with it than a new, niche malware infection (known as 0-day malware attacks).

Of the 19,604 pieces of malware that AV-Test tested, including viruses, worms and Trojan horses, the Norman Security Suite Pro managed to detect 100% of them. That’s a pretty good result!

Norman’s AV software also achieved a perfect four-week detection result on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

December was also a good month for Windows Defender, which achieved a much-improved 93% detection rate in Windows 8.1 when it was tested in December 2013 (up from a six-month average of around 65%!).

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Even with Windows Defender (seemingly) improving, it’s important to remember that you can never have too much protection.

Defender has been designed by Microsoft to work well with other virus scanning software, so there’s nothing to lose by going third-party – whether you choose Norman or another anti-virus tool – to supplement Microsoft’s offering.

If you don’t currently have anti-virus protection, head here: Norman Antivirus Free Trial  to download a 30-day free trial of the Norman Security Suite Pro, which includes antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, a firewall, privacy tools, an intrusion guard and parental control options for your computer.

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