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Is Windows Defender a Good Antivirus?

Feb 13, 2020

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If you had asked this question a few years, then the answer would be a sure and resounding NO. But, since then, Microsoft has pushed many updates to the windows defender to improve it. And now it has become so good that it started competing for the paid antivirus available in the market. 
The newer version of Windows Defender offers a lot of protection, performance, and usability. It can detect 99% zero-day threats and 99.7% overall threats. The ability to detect threats has been comparable to Avira and bit defender. It certainly is a good antivirus option, and it can protect your system if you are not a heavy user. But there are better options available in the market if you have some personal or important data stored on your device. 
But for most home users, this would be good enough as it can protect basic browsing and downloads for everyone. 
If you had asked this question a few years, then the answer would be a sure and resounding NO. But, since then, Microsoft has pushed many updates to the windows defender to improve it. And now it has become so good that it started competing for the paid antivirus available in the market. 
The newer version of Windows Defender offers a lot of protection, performance, and usability. It can detect 99% zero-day threats and 99.7% overall threats. The ability to detect threats has been comparable to Avira and bit defender. It certainly is a good antivirus option, and it can protect your system if you are not a heavy user. But there are better options available in the market if you have some personal or important data stored on your device. 
But for most home users, this would be good enough as it can protect basic browsing and downloads for everyone.