Microsoft Windows Defender
Windows Defender is a security software application that protects your Windows operating system against spyware, malware and other software that is considered dangerous by preventing, removing or quarantining them.
Supported operating systems and clean interface
Windows Defender can only be installed on Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and 2, and Windows XP. On Windows Vista and 7, the application is shipped as a built-in security feature, while on Windows 8 it has been upgraded to an antivirus.
First and foremost, you should know that it is essential to remove other security technologies before installing Windows Defender, as this can potentially cause harm to your operating system.
The interface in Windows Defender is pretty standard, which means that all types of users can learn how to handle it without encountering any kind of issues.
Scan modes you can use
There are three different types of scans you can take advantage of, namely “Quick” (a speedy analysis of the critical files), “Full” (thoroughly analyzes the system) and “Custom” (allows you to select the locations to be analyzed). The scan reports display the detected malicious software infiltrated in the system and urges you to remove it or quarantine it.
Real-time protection and configure some settings
It is possible to view all Windows Defender’s activities in the history section, while the “Tools” area enables you to customize the utility’s options, set up quarantined or allowed items, and download the latest updates.
Windows Defender uses little RAM and boasts real-time protection features, such as Auto Start (monitors pre-configured programs that automatically run at startup), Internet Explorer Add-ons (monitors extensions that automatically run at Internet Explorer startup), Internet Explorer Configurations (monitors the status of settings in Internet Explorer), and a few others.
If you are running on an operating system newer than XP, Windows Defender is already included in your system’s security. For older operating systems, it is certainly a recommendable addition for the sole purpose of strengthening your PC’s security level. It did not pop up errors or hang in our tests, and its response time was quite good.