Since Windows 8, OS comes pre-installed with an antivirus solution. It is called as Windows Defender which is actually an updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials which was actually offered for Windows 7. This arises question whether it is enough to provide strong protection shield against viruses on Windows 10 too?
If you were to believe AV Test ratings, then it's a big NO.
Windows Defender scored just 0.5 out of 6 which clearly suggests, you should move on.
Geeks and few advanced users may argue that it is good enough for Windows 10 but then it will be foolish to decide based on their opinions. Reason is that they aren’t saying their computer was attacked by malware because their Antivirus program didn’t tell them about it.
Malware programs are not always destructive (which is visible) but sometimes act as agents which pass on your data to hackers. These kind of viruses are dangerous which can cause identity theft and financial loss and the worst thing, you will never know about them sitting on computer.
Hence, a dedicated security solution preferably from a third party company specialized in this field is recommended.
What’s good about Windows Defender?
It runs out of the box- No need to install anything. You have an antivirus just after installing Windows 10.
Most importantly, it is completely free. By saying free, it’s 100% free of any nags, pop-ups and unnecessary programs which are present in most of free antivirus programs.
From usability point of view, it is perfect as nothing much to configure and it doesn’t interfere in working of other programs.
Truth still remains the same that it is far behind other antivirus products available for Windows 10.
Windows Defender might be enough for those who restrict themselves while browsing internet and use it for only updating their Facebook status. For most of us, involving in activities like viewing email attachments, trying and downloading software programs, shopping and online banking, etc should go for sophisticated antivirus solution.
Then, which is Best Antivirus for Windows 10?
One should not compromise when it comes to security and protection of computer. Selection of antivirus should be done on the basis of it’s protection score by individual lab tests. They suggest Bitdefender and Kaspersky as the best choice. Bitdefender is ranked as #1 consistently for the fourth year and it has a reputable name in Security industry.
Best Protection Against Infections (on a scale of 0 to 6 and 6 being the highest protection)Overall Score.
January 2011 - Oct 2015. AV TEST.
You can refer to top 5 antivirus for Windows 10 as mentioned below:
What if you install another Antivirus?
Windows 10 will automatically disable Windows Defender if you install another anti-malware program. It won’t continue performing real-time scans, so it won’t interfere with your other antivirus.
Try to open the Windows Defender settings pane with another antivirus installed and you’ll find every option grayed out. Click the “Use Windows Defender” link and you’ll be informed Windows Defender has been disabled. Windows Defender will pop-up and say “This app has been turned off and isn’t monitoring your computer.”
If you uninstall the other antivirus, Windows Defender will kick into gear once again and take over, providing antivirus protection.
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