First of all, in W8, “Windows Defender” is MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and it will give antiviral and anti-malware protection (the two are now combined under one roof). W8 will come with it and the Windows firewall.
That’s a good thing, right?
Well, consider the fact that OEM’s (Dell, HP, etc.) and Security software companies make money from installing “trialware/bloatware” on new computers. The OEM’s make it from the various companies whose trialware is installed, and those companies from the folks who decide to buy that software down the line.
So, we have a conflict of interest here… The Security software companies are unhappy about Windows Defender (and why is it really needed in this supposedly super secure OS, anyway?) and the OEM’s are unhappy because they’ll be missing a chunk of bucks from those companies.
MS to the rescue. Not necessarily your rescue, though.
When the “trialware” use period is over, W8 will start a 15 day countdown. You will get periodic warnings from the Action Center to update the definitions for this (unnecessary) software, or to install a Security program!
At the end of the 15 days, the warning will expand to include:
- The user can renew their existing antivirus software
- Uninstall their existing software and activate Windows Defender or
- Select another security software from Microsoft Store
- Click on the Remind me later button – which now starts another 7 day countdown.
- The Windows Club
Windows 8 will activate only activate if it detects no other active security program.
It won’t tell you any other program isn’t really necessary, also it won’t tell you that if you already have another program installed you can continue to use it.
Windows 8 will not tell you that for the 15 day period during which you have the options to buy, unistall, or remind again in 7 days YOU ARE NOT PROTECTED.
In fact, if you do choose to “remind in 7 days”, you will be unprotected for 22 days!
So, please remember:
- If you buy a computer with W8 installed and you have pre-existing Security software you wish to continue to use, install it promptly and uninstall any “trialware” or,
- At the end of the trial period of the Security software either buy that software or uninstall it and activate Windows Defender and the Windows firewall.
- Windows Defender will not automatically activate unless the “trialware” is uninstalled. The same might also be true when any subscribed to Security software’s subscription ends.
Also, please remember: You are not MS’s primary concern. Big business and trouble free profits are.