Microsoft Defender is amongst the best antiviruses for Windows 10, Windows 11

Windows Defender

Windows Defender, which comes pre-installed on Windows 10 and
Windows 11, is amongst the best antiviruses in 2021. That’s
according to AV-TEST, which is an independent IT security
institute that performs various tests to rank antivirus
programs based on performance, security and other factors.

Germany based AV-TEST institute has released its best
antivirus programs assessment report for the month of October
2021. It’s worth pointing out that the result is for Windows 10
Home users and the security institute tested 21 security
programs from various vendors, including Norton, Kaspersky and
Microsoft.

According to the report, AV-TEST tested
Windows Defender, Avira, McAfee, Avast, AVG, and several other
antivirus apps against various security aspects. For example,
the organization tested these antivirus solutions against
zero-day malware, cyberattacks, infected emails, and more.

“We always used the most current publicly-available version of
all products for the testing. They were allowed to update
themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services,”
the security report reads.

AV-Test has a rigorous testing procedure and Windows Defender
on Windows 10 has received perfect scores in all Protection,
Performance and Usability. Other security solutions from
vendors like McAfee and Avast have also received full marks,
but Windows Defender is the only free antivirus solution.

Windows Defender test result

In the test, security products can get a maximum of 6 points
each in the Protection, Performance and Usability categories.

As you can see in the above screenshot of AV-TEST results,
Windows Defender has received 18 points and the organization
has declared Defender as one of the top security solutions for
Windows 10 and presumably Windows 11.

New Windows Security app for Windows 11

As part of its efforts to improve cross-platform security
solutions, Microsoft is
apparently working on a new security hub. The app is called
“Microsoft Defender Preview” and it will allow users to monitor
their Windows 11 PCs, Mac, and mobile platforms (Android and
iOS).

Windows 11 security hub

With the new Windows Security app, you will be able to monitor
antivirus, phishing, passwords and theft alerts across your
desktop and mobile devices.

Microsoft Defender will support a new personalized dashboard,
allowing users to view the security status of Windows devices
and other connected devices in one place.

According to reports, the Windows Defender app is codenamed
Gibraltar and is currently under development.

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