Windows 7 will sport enhanced security measures that should partially eliminate the need for some anti-spyware and antivirus software, but users are still encouraged to run at least one protection mechanism. Users testing pre-release builds of Windows 7 have found that some current antivirus packages are incompatible or cause problems with the new OS, while others function flawlessly in their current iterations.
Here’s a preliminary compatibility index based on early reports:
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus beta for Windows 7 Compatible; however, may cause problems with pages loading slowly in Internet Explorer 8
- ESET NOD32 Antivirus Compatible; however, may cause performance issues
- Sunbelt Software Vipre Compatible; no major problems reported