If you are reading this off a Windows PC, chances are you are probably running Windows 10, or are in line waiting for Windows 10 to start downloading and installing on your PC, or laptop. While that happens, let’s take a look at the built-in security option for Windows 10, Windows Defender, and how it plans on providing adequate protection for your personal information and security on your device.


Windows Defender

Up until now Windows Defender has not been the most ideal protection for your PC. Sure it downloads new definitions, and hounds you to keep it updated and in working order. The best things about Windows 10 Defender are that it will not hassle you for money, notify you when trials end, and has next to no pop-ups. Many other anti-virus software out there tend to harass users into making money off them and ultimately put some users off their software altogether.


Windows Defender on Windows 10 has a great real-time protection option that will run in the background and keep your data safe from any files or network activity that might compromise your security. Turning this off will prevent this protection, but Windows 10 will turn it back on if it is off for too long.

Windows Defender also updates along with Windows 10 in the background and there is really no point in not doing these updates as they will provide better protection.

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I was running Windows Defender for a while and it did a great job picking up some rather nasty Trojans that sneaked into my PC. According to AV-Test, Windows Defender spotted 95% of all malware in June 2015, which is just 5% shy of Bitdefender’s 100%.


Windows Defender also allows users to select folders that will be excluded from the scan. Keeping you PC scans to a minimum and at the same time allows the user to have some freedom when it comes to files they know will be picked up as a virus, or malware.

Is it okay to keep?

Windows Defender should be good for the average PC owner out there. Someone that does not download torrents or surf unsafe websites, where pirated material is found. If you do any of this, then something is bound to get into your PC sooner or later, and Windows Defender will be unable to prevent this.

Overall Windows 10 offers the best Windows Defender out of the lot, and thanks to automatic updates, new definitions, and cloud safety, it will just keep on improving by the day. It uses very little PC resources, making it an ideal program for users who have notebooks, and laptops, and the average Desktop owner.