Windows Defender is a built-in anti-malware program that is available with every Windows 10 or 11 device. It performs well in tests conducted by three independent organizations and has several key features to make it stand out, including cloud backup and parental controls. It’s not the sole solution to guard against all threats. There are other top antivirus applications that provide extra features like password management and VPN along with a wide range of protection against malware and devices.
Windows Security Dashboard shows you the performance of your system. The green ticks indicate that everything is in order, while red ticks indicate things that require attention. It’s easy to see what you must do, although navigating the different settings screens can be a little difficult.
Microsoft Defender includes a variety of standard protection features like real-time scanning and blocking suspicious connections. It can also block malicious applications from changing the system settings and prevent malware from running in memory. It can also give you advice on changes to your password and account issues. There are other OS security features such as code isolation, virtualisation and hardware defences.
The Windows Security app also includes an extensive knowledge base that includes solutions for common problems and a search bar for when you can’t find the information you require. There are also videos from the community which show you how to make use of the various features. You get two incidents of technical support for free and you can also purchase more if you require.
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