Last Updated on July 19, 2023 by Dhruv Tiwari
Remember the Windows XP, 7, or Windows 8.1 era when we had to use the third-party antivirus in our system to keep our computer safe from malware? Even though, in Windows 7 and 8.1, we still used to download Antivirus even though Windows Defender Antivirus was there. I didn’t use Windows Defender back in Windows 7, 8.1 days because it was not up to mark in security parameters as compared to the other antivirus at that time.
But what about today? Is Windows Defender good enough to replace your antivirus software or is it still as bad as it was back then, We will find out here. Read this article to know if Is Windows defender the best free antivirus for your computer and can replace your current antivirus so you don’t have to pay for antivirus now.
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Is Windows Defenders Good Enough To Replace Your Antivirus? (Windows 7, 8, 10, 11)
I tried this security test on my old laptop running windows 10 last week. Here is what I did:
#1. First, I switched off my “Real-time protection” and other active security options in Windows Defenders.
#2. I downloaded hundreds of malware online intentionally like trojans, viruses, adware, ransomware, rootkits, cryptojackers, and keyloggers.
#3. I installed them on my laptop and then I visited many “not too safe” websites and started clicking here and there and on pop-up ads blindly. I did for this about an hour.
#4. I also kept my eye on my CPU performance to know which apps or programs are using the most resources then I run the Windows Defenders program and here is what I found.
Test Result and My Verdict On Is Windows Defenders Any Good?
#1. When I started the scan (full computer scan) of my laptop, Windows Defenders started detecting and deleting all the malware.
#2. I was able to find out more than 100+ different types of malware which I have intentionally downloaded on my laptop.
#3. I run the scan 2 to 3 times and in the end, it was able to find no malware, which means my laptop was clean and safe from malware (according to the software).
#4. I checked my CPU usage and found out my CPU usage was low compared to that time when it was filled up with malware.
#5. I went for another round and this time, I kept my “Realtime protection” on and now I started downloading the wrong files this time, the Windows Defenders started deleting those files as soon they finished downloading.
Windows Defenders Missing Features
If you are looking for a good antivirus only an antivirus that just keeps your device the same from malware then there is nothing better than Windows Defenders but if you need more features like VPN, Anti-theft protection, Password manager, etc, you still need a good third-party antivirus. Here is a list of features that are missing in Windows Defenders but available in Antivirus.
#1. Password Manager
#2. Webcam and microphone Protection
#3. Dark web monitoring
#4. Crypto Mining
#6. Identity theft protection
#7. Anti-theft protection
#8. System optimization tools
#9. and many more
Windows Defender is a good replacement for an antivirus app if you are only looking for antivirus, but if you are looking for more features like VPN, and anti-theft protection, you should go with any third-party antivirus app.
Windows Defenders does all the work that a normal free antivirus does. Microsoft has worked really hard to improve its software. I will say if you are browsing normally and downloading a few kinds of stuff or downloading from a legit website then there is no need to download or pay for any third-party antivirus. Windows Defenders will do the job for you.
But if you are a heavy internet user and download lots of stuff online then you should not stop reading this article now because there are lots of features that are lacking in Windows Defenders that you may require to keep yourself safe online.
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