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Malware Protection for Windows Computers

For many years and even decades, users of Windows based computers have been rather on their own when it came to protection against computer viruses and other forms of malware. Windows machines are significantly more susceptible to many forms of malware than e.g. MacOS based computers, to some extend due to the underlying more open architecture.

Still, up to Windows 7 the operating system did not have any built-in malware protection, and only with Windows 8 the built-in protection started to cover a wider range of malware. Given this historic development, Windows users today have a choice of a wide range of 3rd party malware protection software, available from many well-known and highly reputable providers, including AVG, Bitdefender, F-Secure, kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, or Trend Micro – just to name a few.

With so many options available, how to pick the right solution for your business or your home? Nicely, with cyber security being of crucial importance, several independent test labs are putting all popular malware protection and Cyber Security solutions ‘to the acid test’ on a regular basis, with AV-TEST and AV-Comparatives likely being the most prominent. Both test labs recently published their respective 2020 summary reports, available here and here – and the probably more reassuring aspect of these reports is, that basically all malware protection / cyber security products of the major providers came in with highest test results!

The different providers offer a myriad of various packages and versions, most of them as regular subscriptions, some of them for free, and many of them including additional features such as identity monitoring and protection, options to use Virtual Private Networks (VPN) when being online, etc. But when it comes to the absolute core functionality – protecting your computer against malware of any kind – you cannot go wrong with either of the different providers.

Interestingly, all recent tests of these independent labs confirm, that the new revision of Microsoft Defender, the malware protection built-in into Windows 10, is absolutely at par when it comes to level of protection or performance. Microsoft Defender doesn’t come with the ‘bells and whistles’ of many of the other commercial solutions (like identity theft protection or VPN), but if a solid protection against viruses and other malware is all you need, this built-in (and for-free) option may be worth a closer look…

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