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Does Windows 10 Need Antivirus Protection?

For many years, Windows was the top-target of hackers and cyber attackers. Upon buying a Windows system, the immediate setup was antivirus installation to prevent malicious infection. Modern malware variants such as ransomware, spyware, and keyloggers can damage Windows easily.

Microsoft released Windows Defender for Windows 10. It is an anti-malware software. Since it is in-built, there is less consumption of CPU resources and malware protection. Windows Defender is also updated frequently with new virus definitions.

In case of malware infiltration, Windows Defender readily deletes them. Since it is possible to run the Windows Defender tool from a USB drive even without an Internet connection, any malicious code can be removed instantaneously.

Zero-Day Attacks:

Yet, Defender falls behind other antivirus software in preventing zero-day malware attacks. Zero-fay attacks are those that take place on the very same day of discovering a security issue. During this time gap, there might be ransomware hijacking your computer or stealing your data. Hence it is important to install antivirus software besides Windows Defender to offer protection from malicious links and browsing activities.

Windows Defender

False Positives:

Sometimes, an antivirus program scans a file or site and labels it malicious or a threat while, in fact, it is nowhere near to a threat. This way, the application blocks access to safe websites and prevents the installation of legitimate software.

Security Vulnerabilities:

Popularity: Due to the huge demographics of Windows 10 users, hackers focus on attacking the Operating System. There will be a new virus for every update on Windows Defender.

Download Anything: Windows has nothing like Mac’s Gatekeeper, allowing users to install software from any developer. Downloading and installing Windows 10 Defender is convenient for users but is also more vulnerable to attack.

In conclusion, we see that Windows Defender fares well in Protection, Performance, and Usability tests. Over the years, Windows Defender has improved much in blocking user-dependent malware. Although, the development in detecting false positives is on the decline. The application might be a viable antivirus option, yet there is no harm in adding an extra layer of security to your computer.

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