Windows 7 Antivirus Software Compatibility

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

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