Microsoft Windows Defender Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
‎Microsoft Enterprise administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is really fast. I have never experienced any viruses since I've been using it.

What needs improvement?

I think the console can be better. 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. I think the solution is complicated. This one is one of the concerns that I like to talk about because some end-users do not know… more»

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

We used other solutions, like ESET and Kaspersky. We had to change at first due to user complaints, especially about Kaspersky, because it used a lot of the resources. So we switched to ESET but after some time we just switched to Windows Defender.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the solution because I can confidently tell everyone that this product is working very well and it's stable. You are always sure that they are able to deal with a virus or something else that may interrupt your work. I would rate this solution nine out of 10.
Real User
Head of Information Security at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it's easy to deploy Microsoft Windows. The performance is good and the management tools are very good. We are quite happy with the solution. In terms… more»

What needs improvement?

The management console could be better. I remember the McAfee console, for instance, had a lot of features that can be done on the endpoint. The Microsoft managing console is simple. It's simple for… more»

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

The price is good because it is under a corporate agreement. Licensing costs are on a yearly basis.

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

In the past, years ago, I tried McAfee, Symantec, and Kaspersky. Kaspersky was a good solution. I have not followed those solutions for a couple of years. I don't know if the other solutions, McAfee… more»

What other advice do I have?

This solution is a good solution. It's not the best on the market, but it is a very good solution. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because it's a good solution but not perfect.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other solutions because I found that this is a very good product. We wanted to have a baseline. We reviewed the company with our solutions in order to decide.
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