Microsoft Defender Antivirus Pros and Cons

Microsoft Defender Antivirus Pros

InfosecAn677
Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
This is a very go, proactive solution to threat protection using advanced analysis.
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John-Maina
Navision Consultant and user support at NCPD
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.
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reviewer1473762
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution integrates very well with Windows applications and Microsoft endpoint products.
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Mani MS
CRM & IT Head at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Its real-time security is the most valuable.
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Ibikunle Imam
CEO at floating-dot tech ltd
It's free. There is no additional cost. It's part of Windows.
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ITsece56457
IT Security Analyst at Ingenium Group
Ensures that I'm working with a product that gets updated regularly without me having to remember to do it. Since it's a Microsoft product, I'm confident that it requires a low use of system resources. The benefit of that being that my computer isn't constantly being drained.
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reviewer1305759
Team Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It's absolutely free to use.
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reviewer1432815
Project Director at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I am using it for very simple purposes. It is perfect and quite effective. I have been using it for a while, and I have never had any virus infection, data leak, or other security breaches. It works fine for standalone purposes. If you log on to OneDrive, it has ransomware protection.
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Defendwind677
Associate System Engineer - Security Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Within its class I think, it has a high and decent detection rate.
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Gabriel Petcu
Program Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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.
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Microsoft Defender Antivirus Cons

InfosecAn677
Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Updates are not coming out of preview quickly enough and it is holding back on the development of the product.
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John-Maina
Navision Consultant and user support at NCPD
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.
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reviewer1473762
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The pricing could be a bit better.
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Mani MS
CRM & IT Head at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
I would like to see online updates for patches for this solution. I would also like to see online information about what is trending in the market in terms of spams, viruses, or trojans. It takes some time to understand how this solution works. A few things are unclear at the beginning, such as whether it actually restricts the virus or spam at the initial stage, or when there is a security update, how will we come to know and how will it get synchronized. It would be really helpful if there is some kind of knowledge base in the form of video, audio, or document that can explain in a user-friendly way the setup, features, risks, and process to mitigate the risks. Currently, I have installed endpoint security for every individual system. I could not install it like other endpoint solutions where we have a server and a client. It would be really helpful if Microsoft Windows Defender has a server-client based model so that I can save some bandwidth when it downloads or uploads features. It will be helpful if we have a LAN-based or WAN-based controlling system.
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Ibikunle Imam
CEO at floating-dot tech ltd
Microsoft Windows Defender doesn't have a game mode.
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ITsece56457
IT Security Analyst at Ingenium Group
It would be nice to have a paid upgrade that would provide additional screening of the day-to-day activities.
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reviewer1305759
Team Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The anti-ransomware features need to be improved upon.
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reviewer1432815
Project Director at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Windows Firewall is integrated with Windows Defender. Over the last few days, I have had a problem with defining a wildcard on Windows Firewall. For example, I wanted to pull out the connection of my program and install a software package with a lot of executable files. I wanted to prevent it from accessing the internet. I could not select executables by using a wildcard. I had to select a single executable with its full name.
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Defendwind677
Associate System Engineer - Security Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There's a lot of manual effort involved to configure what we need.
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Gabriel Petcu
Program Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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.
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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
456,249 professionals have used our research since 2012.