Backdoors, Password-Stealers Most Common Threats to Windows 8 Security

Posted: November 14, 2012 in Analysis
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As Windows 8 in conjunction with an antivirus solution can block rootkit-based malware via ELAM technology and the SafeBoot option stops bootkit interference, Trojans and worms are the most likely to work out of the box if not detected when they get copied on the computer.

With every new operating system release since Windows Vista, Microsoft has sought to preserve backwards compatibility with previous operating systems. This compatibility extends to malicious software that, ever since the introduction of User Account Control, has been designed to run in user-accessible locations such as the temporary folder, the Application Data directory or even the Desktop and the Downloads folders.

The test on Windows 8 confirmed that most Trojans, once they reach the PC, can run without any compatibility issues. Among the most dangerous applications that ran smoothly on Windows 8 were backdoors and password-stealing applications.

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