Compare Microsoft Windows Defender vs. Symantec End-user Endpoint Security

Microsoft Windows Defender is ranked 2nd in Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business with 11 reviews while Symantec End-user Endpoint Security is ranked 1st in Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business with 31 reviews. Microsoft Windows Defender is rated 8.0, while Symantec End-user Endpoint Security is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Windows Defender writes "A security implementation that supplies proactive issue resolution with cloud analytics and APT". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec End-user Endpoint Security writes "Reliable solution that offers good performance and the latest protection". Microsoft Windows Defender is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon, ESET Endpoint Security, Carbon Black CB Defense, Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection and Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, whereas Symantec End-user Endpoint Security is most compared with Trend Micro Deep Security, Kaspersky Endpoint Security, McAfee Endpoint Security, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and ESET Endpoint Security. See our Microsoft Windows Defender vs. Symantec End-user Endpoint Security report.
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We have liked the fact that it comes with Microsoft Windows 10 and it is constantly updated with all new virus definitions. It is also updated with new security features on a regular basis.Automatic scanning and cleaning of viruses is the best and most valuable feature helping this tool to thrive. If any viruses are found, they are cleaned automatically.The most valuable feature is that we can use the solution right out of the box without too much configuration.The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and the updates are very simple.Defender is integrated into the operating system. It's integrated with everything. You don't have to spend time analyzing what you have to do to be sure that the integration is okay between the security tool and all the other apps. This, from my point of view, is the main advantage.I like the real-time protection features. Windows Defender will detect if there's a threat like a Trojan or something like that but Kaspersky lets it run normally.This is a very go, proactive solution to threat protection using advanced analysis.It's really stable. I've used a lot of stuff, a lot of products, like ESET and Kaspersky. None of them are comparable with this one. This one is much better.

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In terms of most valuable features, I would say the console which provides us an exciter to keep the laptops up-to-date, gives us alerts when devices are not up-to-date, and so on. I also like the reporting feature and the centralized panel.Some important features that are included are the built-in firewall and device control.Some of the features that were important were a built-in firewall and device control.It's good at detecting signature-based stuff and stopping that.This solution helps in that I can control quite a few computers from our central location, with ease.The valuable features are device control, SONOR, and anti-virus.The firewall, malware, and anti-virus protection have earned its keep in times past by catching the unexpected.The most amazing qualities of Symantec Endpoint Protection is that it provides a total solution to all virus problems.

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There is no behavior analytics for devices and endpoints. There is no behavior-based protection.With increase of cyber threats and cybersecurity issues, I would recommend that the product be developed like an AI product with more features which can counter any threat in the coming eras.There's scanning going on that occasionally topples the memory, causing everything to freeze. This should be fixed.I would like to be able to set up any kind of protection I want in the firewall, any IP address or any number.The solution needs to improve its ransomware. It's not so good. It could also use some general performance optimization for the computers the solution operates on, to ensure it does not slow down the devices.The system can always be simplified and have a better integration check. More detailed reports would be good. When it does the integrated check, it just shows if the system is okay but I want to know what happened.Updates are not coming out of preview quickly enough and it is holding back on the development of the product.The end-user also cannot do some advanced actions on it. It's a little bit complicated for our end-user, so it needs to be simplified.

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We had issues that we were never able to understand why they were happening. For example, clients were not getting their updates and we were never able to figure out why. What we did in such cases was reboot the machine and reinstall the software, and then it worked. But we were never able to figure out exactly why it stopped the updates.They are lacking the visibility that you get in a heuristical, next-generation AI product.They lack the visibility you get in a heuristical, artificial, AI type of product, like a next-gen antivirus.It needs to die. In my opinion, Symantec was a really great security company, 10, 15 years ago. They went out, they bought all the great tools and then they never did anything with them. So they've just fallen behind and there's nothing that's going to work now to bring them back up the date that's going to regain user confidence.In the next release of this solution, I would like to see more to do with malware, encryption technology, and controlling mobile devices.I would like to see improvements in the anti-virus and the device control features.Managements' number one item on the "Wish List" would have to do with the real-time scan of external media inserted into any client.It is only available to use on computers with higher-end specs.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The product is free of charge and comes integrated into Windows.

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We pay our licensing fees on a yearly basis, and everything is included in that price.The pricing is a little bit more expensive than other competitors, if you compare it to Kaspersky, for example, or McAfee.The problem is Symantec is more expensive than other vendors.We receive a discounted price for this solution because we are a non-profit organization.Compared to other products and brands here in Mexico, the price is okay, somewhere in the middle. Our solution is unique in that it can adapt to a variety of pricing and licensing constraints considering we have the corporate, government, and academic mandates. ThePricing and licensing for our country is very good. It's not that expensive and the endpoint security is very good. It's not as cheap as some others, but they are not as good.We pay on a yearly basis...Zero-day threat or advanced attacks should be part of the endpoint. The product should not require you to buy a separate license.

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Windows Defender, Microsoft System Center Endpoint ProtectionSymantec EPP, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP)
Windows Defender Pro is your first line of defense against spyware and other unwanted software. And in Windows 7, it's easier to use, with simpler notifications, more scanning options, and less impact on your computer's performance.

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Sample Customers
Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Audio Visual Dynamics, Red Deer Advocate, Asia Pacific Telecom Co. Ltd., Kibbutz Ein Gedi, and AMETEK, Inc.
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider14%
Aerospace/Defense Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Software R&D Company36%
Comms Service Provider10%
Media Company6%
Financial Services Firm9%
Pharma/Biotech Company9%
Healthcare Company6%
Software R&D Company31%
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company7%
Company Size
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise42%
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise71%
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise35%
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise62%
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