It’s a common question, especially as Windows 10 comes with it’s own antivirus product called Windows Defender.
AV-Test, an independent organisation that evaluates security products, recently gave Windows Defender perfect scores across its three evaluation categories after testing 20 antivirus products made for Windows 10.
The test rated each product based on its protection, performance and usability. Windows Defender, F-Secure SAFE, Kaspersky Internet Security and Norton Security were the only services to receive perfect scores in all three categories. Many others stumbled in several important areas.
This doesn’t mean systems running these solutions are impervious to attack. That level of perfection, despite what some may claim, isn’t feasible. Instead, these perfect scores means the products defended against known threats with a minimal impact on performance and without undue frustration.
The free versions of third party products attempt sell you upgrades to ‘full product’ and justify their costs by offering additional protection features, although these are largely wasted on the average user, and more features also mean a bigger payload on your computers resources.
So these findings show that Windows Defender which is completely free and non-invasive (no annoying pop-ups or adverts), offers protection at least as good as the leading third-party free antivirus solutions.
The conclusion is that unless you stray into the darker corners of the internet (where you could be more at risk) then you should be comfortable with Windows built in Antivirus.
It’s important to state that this information has been provided based on other people’s research and IT Solutions can take no responsibility for the outcome of which antivirus product you choose to use.
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