50% of the world’s PCs run Windows Defender as main antivirus

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A few years back, the majority of Windows 7 users used to rely on third-party antivirus solutions. One of the main reasons that determined user to avoid Microsoft’s security solutions was their inability to actually protect PCs against the latest cyber threats.

Microsoft didn’t produce any advanced security solutions at that time.

The company released its very own competitive security solution (Windows Defender) with the introduction of Windows 8. Windows Defender significantly evolved since it was initially released.

Many Windows users prefer Windows Defender over spending hundreds of dollars on other security solutions.

Windows Defender comes with a wide range of security tools modules including Account protection, App and browser control, Virus and threat protection, Firewall and network protection, Device performance and health, Device security, and Family options.


Antivirus tests confirm Windows Defender offers 100% malware protection


Windows Defender pulls the highest market share

The General Manager of Microsoft ATP security research, Tanmay Ganacharya stated:

Windows Defender already has a share greater than 50% in the Windows ecosystem. So there are over half a billion machines running Windows Defender in active mode as the main antivirus. And it has grown quite significantly and is among the best now. Windows Defender protects more than 50% of the Windows ecosystem, so we are a big target and everyone wants to drill it to get the maximum number of victims.

However, every good thing comes with its consequences, and the 50% market share brings some problems as well.

This means that Windows devices running Windows Defender are more prone to attacks. The consequences of large scale malware attacks are not hard to imagine. Such hacking attempts could affect billions of systems running Windows 10 and Windows 8.

Hence, Microsoft should keep on improving Windows Defender in order to avoid major security problems.

Speaking of cyber-attacks, do you think that Windows Defender offers better protection as compared to third-party products? Comment below and let us know what you think about Windows 10‘s built-in antivirus.

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