Many of you are looking to install a reliable antivirus on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer or tablet, but what you might be overlooking is the fact that the built-in Windows Defender might be the best solution you’re looking for
Just like the title of this article says it, this is a personal opinion and some or many might disagree with it. But I’m fine with that and I understand that a dedicated antivirus solution like Kaspersky, Norton or other might be considered better. After all, you pay for that while Windows Defender comes as a built-in solution. Therefore, as free antivirus, personally, I consider Windows Defender to be the best, if not, at least among the top 5 antivirus solutions to use.
Windows Defender does a swell job protecting my Windows 8.1 PC
But in Windows 8 and in Windows 8.1, it has done wonders for me, always protecting against any type of malware or viruses, and it seems that Microsoft has done a really good job upgrading a lot of the functions that Windows Defender comes with. In the battle for the best free Windows 8.1 antivirus between Windows Defender and Avast, Maximum PC choose Avast, but here’s what they said about Windows Defender:
Avast wins this bout by taking three of the five categories and tying in another, though it’s not quite as lopsided as it appears. Windows Defender, while not as fully featured as Avast, is capable of blocking common threats, and it doesn’t put a drain on system resources. Avast’s army of defenses is just bigger and better trained to spot danger from more places, like IM clients. It also has a bigger arsenal of weapons.
Also, you might want to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials, as well, for increased protection. Besides Windows Defender, you definitely could try the following free antivirus solutions: AVG, Avast, Avira, Zone Alarm or Panda. But for me, Windows Defender has done wonders. What are your experiences?
Free Antiviruses that can replace Windows Defender [Update]
Many antivirus software these days are creating free versions for users that might be interested in purchasing it after using it for free. The only problem is that not all the features are functional what means that it is not as efficient. However, for those of you who think Windows Defender is better than a free antivirus but not so good compared to a paid antivirus, we will propose you some handpicked lists with different antivirus options:
- Best 2018 antivirus for Windows 10 devices
- Best FREE antivirus for 2018
- Best antivirus with offline updates
Let us know in the comments what do you prefer: Windows Defender or a third-party security software?
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2013 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.