Microsoft Windows Defender Reviews

Microsoft Windows Defender is the #3 ranked solution of our top Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Symantec End-user Endpoint Security - Microsoft Windows Defender vs Symantec End-user Endpoint Security

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Real User
Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The features that are most valuable for us are cloud analytics from the APT (Advanced Threat Protection) engine or quarantine, deletion, and removal. Basically, they work by web engine. Simply, it is proactive in resolving potential issues.

How has it helped my organization?

It's basically for security implementation, response planning capabilities and other security functions. Obviously, auditing, HR, requirements, legals, auditing, banking, and financial services all require a lot of the data that are… more »

What needs improvement?

There are certain features that do have room for improvement. I think with the analytics engine they're looking at it from the desktop and the server perspective. I think the desktop engine should also include the script analytics — what… more »

What other advice do I have?

I'd say the product rates about an eight out of ten as it currently stands. You have to implement the product — there's no choice. You can't use the exchange online protection or the advanced analytics or obscure identity IP protection… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared extensively between multiple services, everything from Azure, cloud service providers, identity providers, platform SaaS providers — we did all that before we sort of consolidated on certain technologies in different areas… more »
John-Maina
Real User
Navision Consultant and user support at NCPD
Apr 21 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Windows Defender has improved my organisation's security in many ways which ensure that my systems are being safeguarded. Since we are mostly online doing our projects and… more »

What needs improvement?

The product should keep updating its software as to counter incoming threats since threats are becoming more advance with time. The product should be strong in all parts… more »

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

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

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have never used any solution apart from Windows Defender when safeguarding my systems.

What other advice do I have?

Windows is a great tool that I have used. It has helped my organisation in achieving what it does daily and protected our data in a great way. I would recommend every user… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I chose Windows Defender for system safety, its ease of use, and the continuous update of the product.
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Anthony Alvarico
Real User
Deliver Practice Director at DynTek
Sep 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The patch management is very easy, as it can be done automatically or added to a schedule. This will update all of the virus signatures. We have a hook from our on-premises application to the cloud… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Windows Defender makes it easy to streamline the updates so we don't really worry about managing it.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better integration with their other security products to give better visibility from a higher level. Integrating with email, Azure, identity management, and other security… more »

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

We are using the version that is included with Windows 10. If you don't purchase the advanced threat protection then there is no additional charge.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Some of our clients have used different products from vendors such as Symantec and McAfee, and they were not happy with them. We steered them towards Windows Defender and they switched because of the… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing Windows Defender is to purchase the ATP, which is in addition to the version that comes with Windows 10. This will allow you to really get the benefits and… more »
Ibikunle Imam
Real User
CEO at floating-dot tech ltd
Jul 04 2019

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… more »

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 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… more »

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

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… more »
ITsece56457
Real User
IT Security Analyst at Ingenium Group
Apr 16 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of this product is the ability to "set it and forget it." I don't go in and make any changes to the settings. Another value add is the size of the user base, which is fairly large because it's a free MS… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I'm working as a private contractor. In this regard, you can say this tool ensures 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… more »

What needs improvement?

I'm sure the premium product has extra features, like listing questionable websites. Defender is just an antivirus product. It would be nice to have a paid upgrade that would provide additional screening of the day-to-day activities.

What other advice do I have?

My additional advice would be to create a test user group, deploy the software to those test users and then monitor those users as part of a log management operations center and run comparisons over several months. Comparing those users… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm currently evaluating the performance of Defender against third-party antivirus software products to see if I should continue with third-party products or just use Windows Defender.
Real User
Team Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Aug 12 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution was highly ranked in the Gartner Report. It's absolutely free to use. The anti-malware features are great. It doesn't use up a lot of resources on my laptop, so it's not slowing anything down. The product is very easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The anti-ransomware features need to be improved upon.

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

The solution is free. Once a user downloads Windows 10, they automatically get the product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did previously try to use the free version of Avast. It's not really user friendly like Defender and it used to use a lot of my laptop's resources. I switched to Defender as it was also free and came with my Windows 10.

What other advice do I have?

I'd recommend the solution. Why not, after all? It's already there within Windows 10 and is part of a user's Microsoft bundle. Overall, I'd rate the product eight out of ten. If it had more ransomware protection, I'd rate it higher. As it… more »
Real User
Associate System Engineer - Security Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 12 2019

What is most valuable?

Within its class I think, it has a high and decent detection rate.

What needs improvement?

There were a few detections that are not picked up, and then Microsoft picks up on that and they update it. That's just a normal thing you go through based on every antivirus solution. You're always going to have viruses and signatures that are coming out. So, I wouldn't say it's the perfect solution because if you're looking at next-generation behavioral based things, for example, if you're going… more »

What other advice do I have?

Defender by itself is not a solution. Defender is basically a functionality. We have some issues with reporting, but I think it's just the way we've integrated right now, again not using ATP. So, we just use STC MS management. Then it's limited in terms of reporting. From an operator's perspective, I think there are some policy detection issues where you've got a detection for a signature but how… more »
Gabriel Petcu
Real User
Program Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the protection given via the antivirus.

What needs improvement?

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.

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

You have a standard licensing fee. As far as I know, there are no other costs above and beyond this.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did previously use a different solution, but it was more convenient to work with Defender. I wanted to use the same provider. I'm using the Microsoft operating system and Microsoft applications. It seemed to be a logical step. Defender is… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are using the public cloud deployment model of the solution. I would recommend the solution. I would rate it ten out of ten.
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What is Microsoft Windows Defender?

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.
Also known as
Windows Defender, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
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