A Review of Windows Defender

If you want cheap, easy-to-use security, you won't do much better than the security suite included into Windows 10 and 11. It's also known as Windows Security or Microsoft Defender and it comes with antivirus protection, an firewall, device monitoring and kid protection (you can restrict what your children can do online), and other features.

It also comes with a password management tool as well as an anti-phishing tool and other features. Its firewall is able to monitor both connections to and from the outside as well as Wi-Fi networks. It also comes with an option to allow you to look up the details of suspicious connections.

In our tests, the software performed well enough in blocking most phishing websites and dangerous downloads. The reputation-based protection system it uses is an extensive database on the internet to assign apps and websites reputation scores. Programs with low scores are automatically removed. It also offers security against exploits, which guards against attacks attempting to alter the settings of your computer.

It does a good job generally however it doesn't have the malware detection rates that standalone competitors like Norton and Bitdefender do. And while it does include a password manager, it does not offer other essential features such as an optimizer for your PC or a VPN. The support options for customers are vast. There's a huge community of users with comprehensive FAQs, forums, and multiple ways to reach an expert in tech via live chat or email.

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