A Review of Windows Defender

Free antivirus software that offers an adequate level of protection

Windows Defender is a built-in anti-malware program that comes with every Windows 10 or 11 device. It’s performed well in tests by three independent organizations and has a few essential features that help it stand out, such as cloud backup and parental controls. It’s not the only solution to safeguard against all threats. There are other top antivirus software applications that provide extra features like password management and VPN along with a wide range of device and malware protection.

The Windows Security dashboard shows how everything is running on your system with green ticks signalling that everything is in order and red ones indicating areas that require attention. It’s easy to determine what you need to do however, navigating through the various settings screens can be difficult.

Microsoft Defender includes a variety of standard security features like real-time scanning and blocking suspicious connections. It can also prevent malicious applications from changing settings of the system and prevent malware from launching from running memory. It also provides advice on password changes and account issues. There are also OS security features, such as code isolation, virtualisation and hardware defences.

Windows Security also has a knowledgebase that offers solutions to common problems, and a search engine in case you can’t find the answer you’re looking for. Community videos are available to demonstrate how to use every feature. Two sessions of technical look at this site support are free, and you can pay more should you need it.