A free antivirus that provides fair protection
Windows Defender is a built-in anti-malware program that comes with every Windows 10 or 11 device. It is rated highly in tests by three independent organizations and includes a handful of important features that make it stand out, like cloud backup and parental controls. It’s not the sole solution to guard against all dangers. There are other top antivirus software packages that offer additional features such as password managers and VPN along with a wide range of protection against malware and devices.
The Windows Security dashboard shows how everything is running on your system and displays green ticks to indicate everything is fine and red ticks indicating things that require attention. It’s easy to see what you need to do however, navigating the various settings screens can be difficult.
Microsoft Defender includes a number of standard security features such as real-time scans and blocking suspicious connections. It can also block malicious apps from changing the system’s settings and stop malware from launching from running memory. It can also provide advice on account password changes and other issues. There are other OS security features that protect you, like virtualisation, code isolation, and hardware protections.
The Windows Security app also includes a knowledge base with solutions for common problems and the ability to search for when you can’t find the information you’re looking for. There are also videos from the community that show you how to use the various features. You will receive two hours of technical support for free and you can buy additional services if needed.