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Best Features of Windows Defender Antivirus

Windows 10 delivers comprehensive, built-in and ongoing security protections that you can trust – including Windows Defender anti-virus, firewall and more. By staying up to date, you’re assured of the latest features and protection – at no extra cost to you.

Windows Defender Security Centre delivers a robust suite of security features that keeps you safe for the supported lifetime of your Windows 10 device.

When your PC is protected by Windows Defender Antivirus you are receiving comprehensive protection for your system, files and online activities from viruses, malware, spyware, and other threats. Peace of mind has never been this easy.

Account protection

This feature is new with the April Update, and it’s a section that Microsoft has created to lure people using passwords to configure Windows Hello using face recognition, fingerprint, or PIN password for a faster sign-in and more secure experience.

Ransomware Protection

You’ll also notice a new Ransomware protection option, but this is not a new feature in the app. Instead, it’s a new page that allows you to configure Windows 10’s “Controlled folder access” feature that has been available since the release of the Fall Creators Update. Previously, the same settings were available in the “Virus & threat protection settings page.”

Device security

This is also new to the Windows Defender experience, and it provides status reporting and management of the security features associated with your device.

The details and features you can configure will always be different depending on your hardware configuration.

Core isolation is a feature that provides virtualization-based security to keep your computer protected. Memory integrity is a security feature, part of Core isolation, which prevents malicious code from getting injected into high-security processes.


The Settings page has not changed significantly, but there are a few new options.

Under “Windows Defender Antivirus notifications,” you’ll find three additional notifications that you can disable, including

Windows Defender Application Guard

Windows Defender Application Guard is another security feature on Windows 10 designed to sandbox web pages using Microsoft Edge to prevent internet malware and zero-day attacks from infecting your device.

Previously, this feature was only available on Windows 10 Enterprise, but now it’s expected to be available on Windows 10 Pro with the April 2018 Update.

Also, Microsoft is introducing changes to speed up its performance, and it’s adding the ability to download files to your computer from a WDAG session. However, this is a feature that needs to be turned on manually using the Local Group Policy Editor, and it’s only available for Windows 10 Enterprise.

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