A Review of Windows Defender
Microsoft’s built-in antivirus software known as Windows Security, doesn’t require an installation or subscription which means it provides a lot of value for free. It is highly regarded by top AV testing laboratories around the world and provides solid malware protection without affecting the performance of your system. It includes additional features such as ransomware protection as well as a password manager and other useful features. However, it isn’t equipped with some important features found in more premium antivirus suites, and isn’t the most user-friendly of alternatives.
The threat and virus protection module comes with quick scans, full scans and custom scans as well as an offline scan mode that is designed to eliminate even the most difficult threats. The firewall and network protection module is pretty simple to use, even though it’s not as thorough as other options. The biggest drawback, however it’s that it’s only compatible with Windows devices and if you’re trying to secure the security of a Mac or Android phone, you’ll need to find a different solution.
Family options include parental controls and the capability to monitor the health of your family’s devices. There’s a password manager that is hidden within the Edge browser that can be synced to other devices. The drawback is that you can’t manage the features from the app, and you must use a web browser to do this.
Contrary to the majority of antivirus software It doesn’t integrate into the Windows kernel – a method that can open new attack opportunities for black hats, and could potentially destabilise your operating system. In addition, it offers good behavioural protection and helps users avoid downloading malicious files.