Windows Defender on Windows 10 gets max protection rating from AV-TEST

by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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Due to various third-party protective solutions, Windows Defender is frequently overlooked. However, one of the most respected independent IT-security institutes, AV-TEST, recently put Windows Defender to various tests and it seems that it is one of the best malware -protection solutions one can use for Windows 10 in the current meta of the internet.

Results reach maximum grades in the Protection category, while they are well above average in the Performance class. The slight signs of underwhelming are to be found in overall Usability since the false detections can occur from time to time. Ratings are as the below:

  • Protection: 6/6
  • Performance: 5/6
  • Usability: 4/6

windows defender AV test rating

This unexpected success of Windows Defender for Windows 10 owns its merits to the Cloud-based protection and analysis. This protective network which unites all Windows 10 users is by far above the signature-based protection, since it ‘evolves’ in its protective values and learns about threats in the real time. That’s one positive way to utilize Windows 10 platform, the one that grants improved protection to all users.

Also, Windows Defender is highly regarded as one of the least intrusive protective suits. The negative effects on standard Windows 10 workflow are rarely found.

Nonetheless, there are a few anti-malware tools that get even higher grades. But, taking into consideration that the Defender is a native application and it’s completely free of charge, it can be the best solution of choice for home users.

You can find the detailed ratings by following this link to AV-TEST.

What are your thoughts on Windows Defender for Windows 10? Can it compete with paid third-party solutions?

Feel free to tell us in the comments section below.


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