How Does Defender Stack Up?

How does Microsoft’s built-in security software stack up against third-party security software?

According to recent tests by the security experts at AV-Test, it does pretty well.

Let’s look at the results from the latest round of testing. The company evaluated 22 antivirus programs. Testers used each program’s default settings and compared them using three standards:

Protection: how well the program defended against viruses and malware infections

Performance : How much of the PC’s resources are required to use the program. Did it slow down computer speed?

Usability: How does it affect ease of use of the computer. This includes false virus warnings and blocking the use of legitimate programs.

Top Scores

Windows Defender received top scores of 6 across the board and was ranked as a top product. The software detected 100% of the malware and viruses and showed no instances of blocking legitimate software.

The good news is that most of the antivirus software tested did a pretty good job.

Windows Defender outperformed Bitdefender, AVG, Malwarebytes and 3 other antiviruses. Trend Micro, Vipre, Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee, and six other antivirus programs all got perfect scores.

The only security software with any real issues was Smart Antivirus 2.0, which only got a 2.5 out of 6 for Protection. PC Matic received a 4.

You can follow this link to see the full results:

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