Windows Defender is now at par with popular Antivirus programs

A recent analysis by German Research Institute, AV-Test has revealed that Microsoft Windows Defender has improved considerably as an Antivirus program and even scores better than other popular Antivirus software in the market. It can no longer be considered as a baseline security solution.

Microsoft Windows Defender

The result shows Microsoft Windows Defender 4.8 showing improvements in metrics such as Usability, Performance and Protection for Windows Home Users.

Windows Defender is a good Antivirus tool

Microsoft Windows Defender comes as a build in Antivirus software with Windows installation, however for years users have been relying on third party Antivirus applications to protect their PC’s rather than relying on the default protection tool. But, this may not be applicable anymore.

AV-Test results show the AhnLab Internet Security, Comodo Internet Security, ESET Smart Security,  VIPRE Internet Security, Quick Heal Total Security and Panda Security scoring lesser than Microsoft Windows Defender 4.8.

AV-Test Institute rated Antivirus products on 3 metrics – protection, performance, and usability, allocating 6 points to each.

Here is what popular Antivirus Programs scored,

  1. Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky: 18 / 18
  2. Norton Security: 17 / 18
  3. Microsoft Windows Defender: 15.5 / 18
  4. F-Secure, G Data, K7, MicroWorld eScan: 15.5 / 18
  5. AhnLab: 15 / 18
  6. Panda Security: 14.5 / 18
  7. Quick Heal Total Security: 13.5 / 18
  8. Comodo Internet Security: 13 / 18
  9. ESET Smart Security: 13 / 18
  10. VIPRE Internet Security: 12 / 18

The above results on AV-Test show that only Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton score more points than Windows defender clearly indicating how Microsoft has beefed up the algorithm of its home production.

Interestingly, until now, performance of 3rd party Antivirus software was rated on how much they scored above the baseline where baseline was used to be Windows Defender’s score. Now, with Microsoft scoring big, users may be tempted to keep using the default provided with the Windows or the 3rd party Antivirus vendors may have to improve their applications considerably.

Windows Defender can be considered to be sufficient and good enough for Windows 10.

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8 Comments

  1. Scott Ashley

    Untrue, as of Feb 27, Windows Defender is still worst for protection for Windows 10 according to AV Test. You might want to recheck your information.

  2. Benjamin Brown

    So, it is not beefed up as the claim?, I really wanna know as i’m, tired of surfing for third party AV for windows machines.

  3. You may use Windows Defender, along with a free stand-alone antivirus software like Malwarebytes or Emsisoft. Windows Defender will offer you good real-time protection, and you can use the stand-alone scanner to manually scan your PC, say once a week.

  4. Jason Brown

    With respect, you are spouting nonsense, MS scored ***bottom*** of the Protection rankings, and you say ‘The result shows Microsoft Windows Defender 4.8 showing improvements in metrics…Protection for Windows Home Users’. How do you draw that conclusion? Whatever you are smoking, can I get some please?

  5. Jason Brown

    It’s very poor, avoid.

  6. I do not smoke at all. Perhaps you just completed your and commented without reading the post? Take a look at this link, which is the base for this post: https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/

  7. Jason Brown

    That was exactly the post I looked at. Microsoft score 3 out of 6 for protection, which is the lowest score out of all vendors. They are bottom. I fail to see how you can take this score and say “it’s good”. It’s actually rubbish.

  8. Jason Brown

    That was exactly the post I looked at. Microsoft score 3 out of 6 for protection, which is the lowest score out of all vendors. They are bottom. I fail to see how you can take this score and say “it’s good”. It’s actually rubbish.

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