Is Windows Defender good enough to use in 2023 (yes and no)

Nwachukwu Glory  - Tech Expert
Last updated: November 16, 2023
Read time: 24 minutes

Windows Defender comes pre-installed with all Windows versions, ensuring out-of-the-box antivirus protection. So, do you still need another antivirus on your device?

Windows Defender is an antivirus program that comes built-in with Microsoft Windows 10. As it provides right out-of-the-box antivirus defenses after installation, it is a convenient tool. But many people keep wondering (and rightly so) if Windows Defender is good enough. The answer is ‘yes,’ but it has some shortcomings. This post uncovers precisely all that stuff.

Cyber threats have been on the rise lately. Individuals/organizations regularly lose their information through computer-related attacks.

Some of the attacks could cause the documents to get corrupt.

Others may make them completely missing and cause system malfunction. In some instances, the documents would be encrypted with ransomware.

Whether you have experienced this or not, protecting your devices with antivirus applications is important. Antivirus programs can shield your documents and entire system from hackers. They can help protect your privacy, protect your systems against ransomware, and generally maintain integrity.

Microsoft Defender, which many users still dub Windows Defender (its initial name), is an in-built antivirus that comes with MS Windows. The program promises to deliver comprehensive real-time protection against viruses, spyware, and malware across apps, email, the web, and the cloud.