Microsoft’s built-in antivirus software known as Windows Security, doesn’t require an installation or subscription and therefore offers many benefits for free. The product is highly regarded by top AV testing labs all over the world. It offers solid protection against malware, without affecting performance. It has some extras like ransomware protection as well as a password manager, among other useful features. However, it does lack certain features that are available in more expensive antivirus programs, and isn’t the most user-friendly options.

The threat and virus protection module includes the usual quick scans, full scans and customized scans, as well as an offline scan mode designed to get rid of even the most difficult of threats. The firewall and network module is easy to use, however it’s not as comprehensive as other products. Its main drawback, though is that it’s only available on Windows devices and if you’re trying to protect the security of a Mac or Android phone, you’ll need to find a different option.

Family options include parental controls as well as the ability to monitor the health of your family’s devices. There’s even a password manager within the Edge browser, which can connect to your other devices. The downside is that you aren’t able to control the features from the app and you’ll need a web browser to do this.

It is unlike most other antivirus softwares in that it does not hook itself into the Windows Kernel. This could create new attack areas for hackers, and can destabilize an operating system. Additionally, it provides some good behavioural detection and helps users avoid downloading malicious files.

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