Windows computers have a built-in tool to protect against viruses as well as malware. It’s known as Microsoft Defender, or Windows Security and offers an integrated experience for managing the security of your antivirus, firewall and performance features. It also allows you to check the health of your device and secure data using encryption in hardware and password management. Third-party antivirus software blocks the Microsoft Defender Antivirus Engine, however, it does not alter Windows Security.

One of the most important features of Windows Security is Microsoft Defender’s real-time protection. This feature is a comprehensive scan of the system, blocking and identifying malicious software in real-time while it runs. It can also be able to quarantine and restore software that it has mistakenly blocked. Microsoft Defender relies on cloud-based and online malware definitions. This can cause it to lag behind other paid competitors in terms of malware and virus detection.

Windows Security also offers User Account Control. This feature locks the screen until an administrator approves the change. It alerts you when an individual or thing attempts to alter system settings. You can also choose the frequency at which Windows Security Center will conduct a background scan and scan for updates.

Windows Security allows you to create backups using the Microsoft OneDrive folder, and even erase your hard disk and start from scratch. It’s a simple method to protect your computer’s operating system as well as personal information.