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A Review of Windows Defender

By 3.10.2023No Comments

Microsoft’s built-in antivirus software, now called Windows Security, doesn’t require either a subscription or an installation which means it provides an abundance of value for free. The product is highly regarded by top AV testing labs across the globe and offers strong protection against malware without affecting system performance. It also offers a variety of useful features, including ransomware protection and a password manager. It’s not equipped with some of more essential features found in premium antivirus suites, and isn’t very user-friendly.

Virus and threat protection includes the standard quick, complete and custom scans. It also includes an extensive offline scan mode to combat difficult-to-remove threats. The firewall and network protection module is pretty easy to navigate, although it’s not as robust than its competitors. Its biggest drawback is that it only covers Windows devices. If you wish to protect your Android or Mac phone, you will require an alternative.

The family options include parental control as well as the ability monitor the health of devices within your family. There’s a password manager which is hidden in the Edge browser and is able to sync to your other devices. The downside is you can’t control the features via the app, and you’ll need a web browser to access them.

It is different from other antivirus programs in that it doesn’t connect into the Windows Kernel. This could provide new attack opportunities for hackers, and can destabilize the operating system. It also has good behavior detection and stops users from accidentally downloading malicious files.