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Windows 8's SmartScreen to build on Apple's file screening


Extraordinary Robot
Jun 27, 2006
Among the additions coming to Windows 8 should be an Apple-like file checking system taht would refuse to run files known or suspected to be rogue. Microsoft's SmartScreen, a system first found in Internet Explorer and Windows Live Messenger, will check files for whether they're malware or otherwise illegal and could stop them from running. The method would prevent 'social' viruses, where users ...

Source: Yahoo! News
Blogger Long Zheng has revealed a file reputation service that will be included in Windows 8. SmartScreen file checking is derived from the company's similar services for Internet Explorer and Windows Live software.

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Image courtesy of Long Zheng. Note that the "Never run downloaded programs that are unknown to SmartScreen" option is not enabled by default.
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