Microsoft Windows Defender Review

Free software to prevent malware and viruses that is bundled with the operating system


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for Windows Defender is to prevent malware and viruses. Security is the main purpose that it is used for by our organization.

How has it helped my organization?

We are no longer buying a separate antivirus with Windows 10 Server Enterprise. We are no longer buying antivirus solutions where there is no compatibility with Windows 10.

What is most valuable?

The malware features are most valuable for us because if you have an application that attacks, it is defended. It gives you a prompt and doesn't allow you to launch that app. 

If there's an application that has suspicious malware you downloaded from the internet, it gives you a prompt to prevent the application from launching.

Microsoft Windows Defender moves it to the recycle bin automatically.

What needs improvement?

Microsoft Windows Defender doesn't have a game mode. Other antivirus software (like BitDefender) have something known as a game mode. 

If you want to play a game, just enable the game mode to allow certain traffic without needing to configure it. Windows Defender doesn't have that.

There's no Windows Server edition for Windows Defender as part of the distribution.

For how long have I used the solution?

Personally it has been about a year and a half, but in the office are we using it seven months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my experience, Microsoft Windows Defender has never caused any issues in operation. It is very stable. It doesn't affect the system.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Since it's a Microsoft product, scalability is top-notch. This shouldn't be an issue.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never had a problem with technical support. I didn't use it. I have never had any performance issues with it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Bitdefender, McAfee, and Norton antivirus software previously. Those are the main experiences that we have. We used all of those at various times.

How was the initial setup?

Microsoft Windows Defender installs automatically. There's no setup procedure. When you install Windows Suite or Enterprise on your machine, it installs quickly. 

There's nothing that might disturb it being activated. It installs with the operating system.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's free because it comes with Windows. It's a free solution. We're not paying any license.

That's why it's better than Bitdefender, McAfee, or Norton. It's free.

What other advice do I have?

For Windows Defender, there's no server edition for it. It's free. There is no additional cost. It's part of Windows, i.e. if you have issues with compatibility using other products. 

If you paid for Windows, it already comes with Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise automatically. It's better to go with it than pay the additional expense of deploying other solutions.

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this product a nine. It doesn't have all the features that it needs to be perfect.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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