A free antivirus that offers fair protection

Windows Defender is an anti-malware software that is built into every Windows 10 and 11 device. It’s performed well in tests by three independent organisations and comes with a number of key features to make it stand out, including cloud backup and parental controls. It’s not the only solution to safeguard against all threats, however. Other top antivirus software packages include extra features like a VPN and password manager along with a full range of security for devices and malware.

Windows Security Dashboard shows you what your system is doing. The green ticks mean that everything is fine and red ticks are a sign of things that require attention. The Windows Security dashboard is simple to use, however navigating through the various settings screens may be a bit tricky.

Microsoft Defender offers a range of standard protection features including real-time scans, as well as blocking suspicious connections. It can also stop malicious apps from changing settings on your system and block see this malware from launching in running memory. It can also advise you on account password changes and other issues. There are a few under-the-bonnet OS security measures too such as virtualisation-based code isolation and hardware defences.

The Windows Security app also includes an information base with solutions to common issues and the ability to search in case you are unable to find what you need. Community videos are available to help you understand how to make the most of each feature. You will receive two hours of technical assistance for free and you can buy more if you require.

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