The myth that Macs do not need antivirus has spent years in the world of information technology and is completely false. However, the other side always has admitted that Windows requires antivirus to deal with the threats in terms of security, and this statement is becoming less true. But simply because Windows Defender – which comes preinstalled on Windows 10- has improved to a remarkable extent. But, is it still necessary to install an antivirus?
Microsoft has raised with Windows Defender a tool dedicated to computer security that tries to eliminate dependencies on the specialized software . That is, a substitute for traditional antivirus. And it has done betting on a simple format, in which the user doesn’t have to worry about, review any warning, and everything works fine without unduly affecting the performance of their devices.
The Windows 10 antivirus, in detail
Experts test Windows Defender along with many other security solutions. In their tests they examine the effectiveness of the antivirus against real threats of different types, the impact that it implies for the performance of the system in which it works, and the real usefulness of the anti-malware solution. And in these tests there is a detailed breakdown in which each point is explained.
With regard to protection , the first point provides protection against attacks from zero day and detection of the most widespread and prevalent malware. And in this first point, they emphasize that 97.3% of day 0 attacks are ‘defended’ satisfactorily, while Windows Defender is able to act correctly against 99.3% of the most recent malware threats. That is, in these terms is slightly below – the first- and slightly above – the second- regarding the industry average, the rest of antivirus.
In the section on system load score is even greater. Only 10% of slowdown in the 40 most visited websites a 1% in downloads and 17% in standard software. Very low values, and punished only by a 39% to install common programs, although the average is 26%. When copying files, however, we again encounter a 1% slowdown compared to 16% of the average. In short, all these data mean that the negative impact on the performance of the computer, caused by Windows Defender, is significantly lower than the average of the antivirus solutions with which it competes. While it is not as secure as some of its rivals, it is true that the load on the system involves very little effort, which benefits their overall score as antivirus.
Another point to emphasize is that it does not produce false alarms to the user when surfing the Internet. In his most recent tests, with more than 1.3 million programs, only it produced an erroneous detection of malware in the scanner software insurance, while the average is six false positives. And in a last test, which measures how many wrong locks have occurred when installing secure software, again Windows Defender did not produce any problems.
So do we need an additional antivirus in Windows 10?
For maximum protection of your computer, yes you need an additional antivirus. According to its latest ranking, the most convenient solutions for their overall score are AVG Internet Security 2016, Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2016, Norton Security 2016 and Trend Micro Internet Security 2016. These above are those that have achieved the highest score among all tested antivirus, and with considerable difference from Windows Defender.
That is, this analysis serves to see that yes, there are more powerful antivirus than Windows Defender, but Microsoft currently offers a pretty solid anti-malware solution for free and preinstalled. It comes with ‘live with Windows Defender’ and maintain a system protected against virtually any kind of threat, but still not the safest of all and convenient solution for PC performance. But according to this advance by the Redmond company, it is very likely that Windows Defender will continue to grow to position itself as a sufficient antivirus solution to use a computer with Windows 10 without antivirus.