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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»
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
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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
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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.
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.
MicroAdmin677
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.
Abdou Soudaki
Real User
IT Help Desk at Elsewedy Electric Algerie
Jul 23 2019

What is most valuable?

I find the layer protection and real-time protection very useful because when I launch a program, I always have a notification and an alarm. Sometimes I am on a program on Windows Defender and sometimes on Kaspersky and it shows up on whatever I am using. 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… more»

What needs improvement?

This solution is not perfect. Sometimes it detects something and it's not a threat. The good news is that you can restore something and analyze it better and you can restore the file and copy it or disable the defender and run it again. 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… more»

What other advice do I have?

The majority of the updates are really good. I would rate this solution eight out of 10.
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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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