Since Windows 8, Windows has a built-in free antivirus called Windows Defender. However, you might wonder whether this antivirus can work on Windows 10 correctly. Is it truly the best way to protect your PC?
First of all, you need to know that Windows 10 also includes the built-in real-time Windows Defender. As you expect, it’s quite good. It automatically works in the background, guaranteeing all Windows users are secured against viruses.
What is Windows Defender?
Windows Defender was previously known as Microsoft Security Essentials back in the days of Windows XP, Vista, and 7. It was provided as a standalone antivirus app, but it’s now built right into Windows and enabled by default since Windows 8.
Its current name is Windows Defender.
According to Microsoft, it’s one of the most non-invasive apps on Windows. Not only does it handle things in the background but also play nicer with web browsers and other apps. As compared to other antivirus apps, Windows Defender respects the privacy and security settings better.
Is Windows Defender good enough?
When installing Windows 10, you will get an antivirus program already running. Since Windows Defender is built in, it scans programs you open by itself, offers an interface you can use for inclusive scans, and downloads new updates from Windows Update.
But, the most interesting thing is that it doesn’t delay your system and mostly avoid annoying you that you often see in other antivirus programs.
Since the team at Microsoft creates the Windows Defender, it does know 99% of the dangers available in the market. Although Microsoft might not keep searching for new viruses all the times while other antivirus companies do, its Windows Defender is getting an update at least once a week.
Let’s back to the above question! Well, the answer is YES, the Windows Defender is good enough. In case you only want to install the Windows Defender, it’s best to install an anti-malware to prevent malware on the computer.
How to use Windows Defender on Windows 10?
Make the most of automatic scans and updates
As outlined above, Windows Defender automatically operates in the background, scans any files you download and transfer from external data before opening.
The truth is that you don’t think about it at all. It only pops up to warn you when it discovers malware. Even, it doesn’t ask you what you want to do with the harmful software if it finds. It just eliminates and ensures the files’ safety automatically.
You sometimes see a notification that pops up to let you know when a scan has been done. Or when Windows Defender discovers a threat, it also informs you that it’s cleaning those threats. In case you want to see the details of the last scan, just open the Action Center in Windows 10.
Normally, some updates automatically arrive via Windows Update and are installed like other systems. After finishing, you don’t need to reboot your PC. Therefore, don’t worry about updating Windows Defender because it can handle itself.
Examine the scan history and quarantined malware
Whenever you want to see the scan history of Windows Defender, just do it.
Click “Start” -> type “defender” -> choose “Windows Defender Security Center” -> switch to “Windows Defender” tab (a shield icon) -> tap “Scan history” link.
A screen of “Scan history” will show all current threats together information about your last scan. In case you want to view the whole history of quarantined malware, please tap “See full history” link. Then, all the malware that this antivirus program has quarantined will be shown.
Although you don’t need to do anything, if you didn’t receive any information from Windows Defender when it discovered and cleared the malware, you should give an option to do it on this screen. Or you can restore the item from quarantine; however, only do it if you’re totally sure that revealed malware is a false positive. In case you don’t know, avoid permitting it to run.
Do a manual scan
Let’s turn back to the main tab of Windows Defender and run it by clicking the “Quick Scan” button. Basically, you don’t need to worry because it provides real-time protection and implements regular scans automatically.
But, in case you want to be safe, you should run a quick scan. Or try to tap the “Advanced scan” link to operate 3 different kinds of scans, including:
- Full scan helps to scan the memory and common locations of your PC. It will check each file and run all the programs. It often takes an hour or more to scan. So, if you don’t plan on using the computer much, just do it.
- Custom scan allows you to select a specific folder to scan. Tap the right mouse on any folder you want and click “Scan with Windows Defender.”
- Windows Defender Offline scan will run a scan to remove tough malware while Windows is restarting.
All in all, Windows Defender might have something imperfect, but it indeed does an adequate job to prevent threats from attacking your PC. And if you try to combine it with other safe practices, it will be better.