The release of Windows 10 is buzzing. Having been in this line of work for many years, the feeling I get is one I haven’t felt in a long time with Microsoft. I’m a huge fan and supporter of the software company. People might think of Microsoft like a huge corporation and nothing can go wrong, it can’t lose. Well, In the last few years it has lost, stumbled and one could say it was a “facepalm moment” not once but twice. Windows 8 was suppose to change the game, geared for a touchscreen interface because using your fingers keeps it simple, fast and fun, Right? Wrong! It only made things complicated. In the wake of all the confusion Microsoft finally pulled the plug on Windows XP and if things couldn’t get any worse, Microsoft pushed 8.1 through an update(which also had problems) this to bring back the beloved “Start Button”. This was done to appease and calm the mob of pitchfork , torch welding PC users clamoring at the gate hoping to bring down Frankenstein.
Overall, Microsoft is a great company and excellent at what they do but, there’s a sense of being left behind by the likes of Google and Apple. So, yes! Windows 10 makes me feel excited. This is Microsoft’s chance at redemption and clarity. OneSupport is here to help. LET’S GET STARTED!
I recently got a chance to work with Windows 10 preview edition and I would like to lay out an unofficial FAQ. This is to help you guys understand what you’re getting into.
If you haven’t already noticed there’s a little windows icon to reserve a copy:
You should reserve your copy now.
Let’s start off with some insight about security. Security is the hottest topic in the IT community right now and a concern for just about anybody that uses a PC.
Host based firewall ( What is it?, what does it do?)
(Examples: Mcafee , Windows OS(defender), or Norton )
These guys are not friends even if they were created it to do the same thing. Each host based firewall have similar features and some different.They often conflict with network firewalls if it isn’t configured properly.
Here are some universal features almost every ant-virus has.
Web application firewalls
Message based filtering
Here’s an example of security mechanisms
- Use a traffic monitoring functions to check for increased traffic to network to network devices
- Use a single appliance to perform the functions of several security mechanisms
- Use a proxy server to dismantle data packets and check individual components for threat
- Use a filter that employs keywords to restrict users from accessing threats on the internet
What Anti-Virus should I install for Windows 10 ?
You don’t need to install any Anti-Virus program on Windows 10, because you already have one which is Windows Defender. It protects you against Virus, Worm, Trojan, Spyware, Adware and other malicious programs same as what Microsoft Security Essentials is doing in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Do you know there is security native to the OS.. already, embedded in it & ON by default. One, actually, does not need to install an A-V.
Activating Windows Defender on Windows 10:
Viewing Quarantined Malware
If Windows Defender informs you that it’s blocked malware, you can view the blocked malware from the Windows Defender desktop app. Click the “use Windows Defender” link in the Settings app to access Windows Defender, and then click over to the History tab. Click “View details” to view detected malware. You can see the name of the malware and when it was found and quarantined.
From here, you can remove the malware to delete it entirely from your PC or allow the supposedly malicious file to run. You should only do this if you’re absolutely sure the detected malware is a false positive. If you’re not absolutely, 100 percent sure, don’t allow it to run.
Scroll down to the Version info section at the bottom of the Windows Defender pane in the Settings window and click “Use Windows Defender” to access the Windows Defender desktop app interface. If you’ve used Microsoft Security Essentials before, you’ll immediately recognize this. (We can probably expect Microsoft to move more of the options here to the Windows Defender pane in the Settings app over time.)
From this window, you can initiate a quick scan, full system scan, or a custom scan of specific folders. For example, you could connect an external hard drive to your computer and perform a Custom scan to scan that entire drive for malware.
You shouldn’t have to regularly perform manual antivirus scans. Windows Defender scans everything in the background anyway, and there’s even a scheduled task in Windows that automatically scans your computer on a regular basis. This feature is mostly useful for scanning external media and network locations.
Configuration and Exclusions
Windows Defender settings are now integrated into Windows 10’s new Settings app. To access it, open the Start menu and select Settings. Choose the “Update & security” category and select Windows Defender.
By default, Windows Defender automatically enables real-time protection, cloud-based protection, and sample submission. Real-time protection ensures Windows Defender automatically finds malware by scanning your system in real time. You could disable this for a short period of time if necessary for performance reasons, but Windows Defender will automatically re-enable real-time protection to keep you safe later. Cloud-based protection and sample submission allow Windows Defender to share information about threats and the actual malware files it detects with Microsoft.
You can also set Exclusions from here — scroll down and select “Add an exclusion.” Exclusions can be specific files, folders, file types, and processes. If the antivirus is dramatically slowing down a certain application you know is safe by scanning it, this can speed things up again. Be careful to use exclusions sparingly and smartly — these reduce your PC’s security because they tell Windows Defender not to look in certain places.
Automatic Scans and Updates
Like other anti-malware applications, Windows Defender automatically runs in the background of Windows 10, scanning files when they’re accessed and before you open them.
You don’t really have to think about Windows Defender at all. It will only pop up and inform you when it finds malware. It won’t even ask you what you want to do with the malicious software it finds — it will clean it up and quarantine the files automatically. You’ll see a “Malware detected” notification saying “Windows Defender is taking action to clean detected malware” or “Detected threats are being cleaned.” It’ll appear in the notification center, too.
Desktop and Security Improvements
Many other desktop improvements from Windows 8 have been moved to Windows 10, but you won’t have seen them if you’ve been using Windows 7. The Task Manager was given an upgrade, so it’s easier to see what’s using your system resources and even manage startup programs without third-party software. Windows 10 did an upgrade and Windows Explorer was renamed File Explorer and now has a ribbon — even if you don’t like the ribbon, File Explorer offers many useful features. For example, the file-copying-and-moving dialog window is much improved and Windows 10 can mount ISO disc image files without third-party software.
Windows 10 also adopted many security improvements from Windows 8. Windows 10 includes Windows Defender by default — Windows Defender is just a renamed version of Microsoft Security Essentials, so all Windows 10 systems have a baseline level of antivirus protection. SmartScreen is a reputation system that tries to block harmful and unknown file downloads from harming your computer.
This is Part 1 of a multi part series on Windows 10. Check back with us daily to see updates and read more about Windows 10 or how OneSupport can help you with your computer support needs.