Microsoft Windows Defender Pros and Cons

Microsoft Windows Defender 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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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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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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MicroAdmin677
‎Microsoft Enterprise administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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Abdou Soudaki
IT Help Desk at Elsewedy Electric Algerie
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.
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Ganusha Alwis
Manager-Information System & Product Management at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
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.
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Jean-Jacques Niava
Deputy Director at BG Service
The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and the updates are very simple.
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Microsoft Windows Defender 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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Ibikunle Imam
CEO at floating-dot tech ltd
Microsoft Windows Defender doesn't have a game mode.
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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Windows Defender. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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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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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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MicroAdmin677
‎Microsoft Enterprise administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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Abdou Soudaki
IT Help Desk at Elsewedy Electric Algerie
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.
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Ganusha Alwis
Manager-Information System & Product Management at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
There is no behavior analytics for devices and endpoints. There is no behavior-based protection.
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Jean-Jacques Niava
Deputy Director at BG Service
I would like to be able to set up any kind of protection I want in the firewall, any IP address or any number.
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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Windows Defender. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
426,617 professionals have used our research since 2012.