Antivirus in Windows 8.1

Cannot get any antivirus program to install and run on Windows 8.1. message say compatibility issue.

You can use the built in Antivirus that comes with Windows 8 (Windows Defender)


A Quick look at using Windows Defender on Windows 8




Symantec has already released beta versions of three versions of its Norton brand of security software that are compatible with Windows 8.1.


Symantec's press release states that the Norton 360, Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus software products have new free beta versions that can be downloaded from the Norton beta site. People who download and use these beta versions are asked to give their feedback on these products on company's message boards.


Symantec says that these new versions have a number of improvements compared to earlier Norton products, including "lower memory usage and improved file copy speeds" along with better antivirus protection engines and increased stability.


Keep in mind that while these Norton betas releases have been made to be compatible with Windows 8.1, they are still considered to be pre-release products, much like the public preview of Windows 8.1 itself. As such, users who download these betas should expect bugs to pop up. The betas are also not officially supported by Symantec and are released "as is."

Source: Symantec

Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT

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Last updated December 2, 2020 Views 79,850 Applies to: