Built-in protection Windows Defender Explained
Although the new features in Windows 10 are very promising, including improved security and complete reconstruction of Internet Explorer, users still widely used Windows 8. For this reason, concerns about computer security are very topical and it is normal to have increased interest in the way of security and protection. In this situation, what are the options for those who work with Windows 8?
Microsoft has solved the problem as have integrated protection platform. Windows Defender offers a quick way to check whether your computer is infected and helps identify and remove viruses, spyware and other malware. Very long time, Windows does not provide reliable protection against malware. In 2007, however, with the release of Vista version was presented and Windows Defender.
Unfortunately, nobody liked this version of Windows and all began to look for alternatives. Then gradually to Windows 8, Microsoft significantly enhance security and some people like that you forgot about Windows Defender. So here’s what you need to know about the built-in protection Windows Defender.
Windows Defender is more than antivirus software
Microsoft has not developed Windows Defender from scratch. In early 2000, Microsoft bought a software company that had developed a program called GIANT AntiSpyware and subsequently renamed it Microsoft AntiSpyware. Then, during the beta phase of development, Microsoft software again renamed Windows Defender and the name stuck to this day.
Between Vista and Windows 7, Windows Defender was not nothing but software that prevented the system from infection by viruses, which limited its usefulness. With the release of Windows 8, however, Microsoft decided to extend its functionality and include the ability to detect and remove viruses.
Windows Defender replace Microsoft Security Essentials
Several years after the debut of Windows Defender, Microsoft announced that it will deliver a fully functional free security product for users of Windows. The name of this product was Microsoft Security Essentials.
This was great news, because all Windows computers sold equipped with antivirus protection, but unfortunately, Microsoft Security Essentials proved weak and consumers began to replace it with adequate protection against malware.
When Microsoft improve Windows Defender in Windows 8, the company announced that the new Windows Defender becomes ‘spiritual successor’ of Microsoft Security Essentials. As such, Microsoft Security Essentials is not available for Windows 8, and users can only choose between Windows Defender tool or a third party.
Windows Defender offers three modes
Although Windows Defender provides a unified form of protection – scans for problems and put under quarantine if it finds suspicious software – it gives you the freedom to choose between three different operating modes.
In manual scan requires you to run Windows Defender and click ‘Scan Now’. Automatic scanning is scheduled scans, which works on a certain date and time. In real-time protection is always included an option that prevents the installation of malicious or unwanted software without permission. Moreover, there are three types of scanning: quick scan, full scan and custom scan.
Windows Defender can be configured
Windows Defender allows for customization. To do so, go to the settings page. Here you will find many options: to switch between different modes; To ignore certain file names, file types from all scans; to exclude specific system processes to be scanned and so on. You will see that Windows Defender is more advanced software than it seems at first glance.
One of the advanced features of Windows Defender is Microsoft Active Protection Service (MAPS). This feature is off by default but can be turned on manually, if users want to join Microsoft Active Protection Service (MAPS) community. If you choose to participate in this community and enable your computer to automatically send reports to Microsoft, which describe the different types of malware and unwanted software that collided your computer. These reports will help Microsoft to offer a strong and reliable protection in the future.
There are cases in which it is better to turn off Windows Defender
Despite the advantages of Windows Defender, it’s important to note that his defense is weak compared to the competition. If you want something more reliably and with greater security guarantees, seek alternative security software.
If you install third-party software, Windows Defender likely will be deactivated automatically. However, there are cases where it does not, so you’ll need to disable it yourself, because it can negatively affects other software.http://szlifestyle.com/sz/2015/05/07/built-in-protection-windows-defender-explained/https://i1.wp.com/szlifestyle.com/sz/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/szlifestyle-WindowsDefender.jpg?fit=700%2C286https://i1.wp.com/szlifestyle.com/sz/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/szlifestyle-WindowsDefender.jpg?resize=150%2C150MICROSOFTTECH NEWSAntiSpyware,Explained,Microsoft,security,Windows,Windows 8,Windows DefenderAlthough the new features in Windows 10 are very promising, including improved security and complete reconstruction of Internet Explorer, users still widely used Windows 8. For this reason, concerns about computer security are very topical and it is normal to have increased interest in the way of security and...Richard D.Richard Deendeen@szlifestyle.comContributorRichard Deen is a writer at szlifestyle. What can I say I love gadgets!szlifestyle.com Tech News, Life Style, Reviews, Videos!