Windows Defender Security Center. Does the non-native antivirus have a future?

Windows Defender Security Center is the new version of the native security application currently being tested that Microsoft will include in the next version of Windows 10 Creators Update, after the improvements in it’s capacity, features and interface that are occurring with each compilation.

When testing antivirus for Windows 10 Creators Update it’s in our interest to include Windows Defender because it’s in this version of the system where the Windows Defender Security Center began to operate , the new version of the native security solution not only provides anti-virus protection and anti-malware in real time as did their predecessors (Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7) , but it’s also an integrated Security Center for other functions, such as the review of the updates installed by Windows Update or drivers, information about the connections of network, the active Windows Firewall configuration or access to the troubleshooting tool.

From the Security Center we can also configure the security of the web browser, SmartScreen function settings, warning of possible dangerous sites, downloads and malicious applications, as well as manage the parental control, child online activity and controls for the purchase of apps and games.

In the latest build of Windows 10 Insider, the same system tray icon allows users to launch the application, and in addition, notifications of the Windows Defender antivirus are displayed in the systems action center. With the new Windows Defender you can also enter from the configuration tool as a new way to facilitate access.

Windows Security Center

Does the non-native antivirus have a future?

Although Microsoft still calls Defender “the first line of protection” and allows – in what is another new feature – the solution to work with third-party security solutions, seeing improvements in Windows Defender Security Center and other security features included in Windows 10, such as Windows Hello and Passport, FIDO authentication and support,storage of user credentials in a secure “container,” Device Guard, enhanced firewall and other security features, we ask ourselves if a users still need to purchase a non-native antivirus.

Some users tend to regard the antivirus by Microsoft as a by-product, but the truth is that today it has nothing in common with the primitive debut of the first version in Windows XP. Free, native integration, low consumption of resources,improvement in the rate of detection and removal, the recently added function to operate without connection, updates based on the cloud, and the innovations that this Windows Defender Security Center will provide, are grounds for which at least some consumers will give the Microsoft solution an opportunity.

At the end of last year, Kaspersky accused Microsoft of “playing dirty” with Windows Defender and called on Russia and the European Union to conduct a formal investigation against the software giant, because obviously, a free antivirus integrated in the operating system hurts the sales of third-party security solutions.

It may be so that kaspersky claims are valid. The problem is that it had not occurred before with earlier versions of Windows Defender, a sign of improvement and it shows the concern of the security industry.

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