In this article we are covering the features of Windows Defender and asking the question, does it provide enough Antivirus protection for your computer. Windows 10 now come with pre installed Antivirus protection, you will not be prompted to install an antivirus like in Windows 7. Ever since Windows 8, Windows now includes a built-in antivirus called Windows Defender (which used to be available separately as Microsoft Security Essentials).
Is Windows Defender Enough Antivirus Protection?
When you install Windows 10, you’ll have an antivirus program already running. Windows Defender comes built-in to Windows 10, and automatically scans programs you open, downloads new definitions from Windows Update, and provides an interface you can use for in-depth scans. Best of all, it doesn’t slow down your system. For a short while, Microsoft’s antivirus fell behind the others when it came to comparative antivirus software tests.
Bu in recent times, MIcrosoft have really increased the performance and Windows Defender and it is now on par with some of the paid Antivisrus solutions out in the market.
But Is Windows Defender the Best Antivirus?
If you look at that antivirus comparison we linked to above, you’ll notice that Windows Defender, while good, does not get the highest ranks in terms of raw protection scores. AV-TEST found that it still caught 99.9% of the “widespread and prevalent malware” in April 2017, along with 98.8% percent of the zero-day attacks.
Windows Defender does contain various other protections introduced in Windows 8, like the SmartScreen filter that should prevent you from downloading and running malware, you can view a full list of the features and usage settings - Windows Defender Features. Chrome and Firefox, similarly, include Google’s Safe Browsing, which blocks many malware downloads.
However, if you would like a option whcih can cover all your household tech devices, we recommend Kaspersky. It's moderatly priced and provides protection for all your PC, Apple and Andriod devices in your household. You can view their various options - Kaspersky Pricing Options.
Antivirus Isn’t Enough: Use Malwarebytes
Antivirus is important, but these days, it’s almost more important that you use a good anti-exploit program to protect your web browser and plug-ins, which are the most targeted by attackers. Malwarebytes is the free program we recommend here. Unlike traditional antivirus programs, Malwarebytes is good at finding “potentially unwanted programs” (PUPs) and other junkware.
As of version 3.0, it also contains an anti-exploit feature, which aims to block common exploits in programs, even if they are zero-day attacks that have never seen before—like those nasty Flash zero-day attacks. It also contains anti-ransomware, to block extortion attacks like CryptoLocker. The latest version of Malwarebytes combines these three tools into one easy-to-use package for $60 per year. Malwarebytes claims to be able to replace your traditional antivirus, but we don't totally agree with this.
It uses completely different strategies for protecting you: antivirus will block or quarantine harmful programs that find their way to your computer, while Malwarebytes attempts to stop harmful software from ever reaching your computer in the first place. Since it doesn’t interfere with traditional antivirus programs, we recommend you run both programs for the best protection.
Note that you can get some of Malwarebytes’ features for free, but with caveats. For example, the free version of Malwarebytes program will only scan for malware and PUPs on-demand—it won’t scan in the background like the premium version does. In addition, it doesn’t contain the anti-exploit or anti-ransomware features of the premium version.
You can only get all three features in the full $40 version of Malwarebytes, which we recommend. But if you’re willing to forego anti-ransomware and always-on malware scanning, the free versions of Malwarebytes and Anti-Exploit are better than nothing, and you should definitely use them.
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