Microsoft’s built-in antivirus software known as Windows Security, doesn’t require an installation or subscription and therefore offers a great deal of value for free. The product is incredibly well-regarded by the world’s leading antivirus testing labs and provides strong malware protection without affecting system performance. It also includes ransomware protection as well as a password manager and other useful features. It lacks some of the more important features found in premium antivirus suites and isn’t particularly user-friendly.
Security against threats and viruses include the usual fast, full and custom scans as well as an intense offline scan mode that tackles difficult-to-remove threats. The firewall and network security module is pretty easy to navigate, although it’s not as extensive as its rivals. Its biggest disadvantage is that it only covers Windows devices. If you want to secure an Android or Mac phone, you will need to find a different option.
Family options include parental controls as well as the ability to monitor the health of the devices in your family. There’s even a password manager within the Edge browser, which is able to be synced with other devices. The drawback is that you can’t actually manage the features directly from the app, and must make use of a browser to manage the features.
It differs from most antivirus programs because it doesn’t tie itself into the Windows Kernel. This can create new attack areas for hackers and weaken the operating system. In addition, it offers good behavioural protection and protects users from downloading malicious files.