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A Review of Windows Defender

If you’re looking for low-cost, no-fuss security, it’s hard to get much better than the security suite built into Windows 10 and 11. It’s also referred to as Windows Security or Microsoft Defender and it comes with security for antivirus and devices monitoring, a firewall and kid protection (you can set permissions to what your children can do online) and many other features.

In addition to the normal malware detection, neutralization and prevention capabilities, it comes with an anti-phishing password manager and a password manager tools. Its firewall monitors all connections, inbound and outbound including Wi-Fi networks. It also has an option to allow you to look up the details of suspicious connections.

In our tests the program did a fantastic job of blocking harmful downloads and phishing websites. Its reputation-based security system utilizes an enormous database online to assign websites and apps reputation scores. Applications with low scores are automatically removed. It also provides protection against exploits, which shields against attacks that attempt to change the settings of your computer.

Although it’s an excellent program overall, it doesn’t have the malware detection rates of standalone competitors such as Norton or Bitdefender. And while it does include a password manager, it does not include other valuable extras like an optimizer for PCs or a VPN. The support options for customers are extensive, though it has a huge community including extensive FAQs and forums and several methods of getting in contact with a tech support specialist via live chat or email.