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    That isn't always the case.
    Windows has many built in APIs that devs are practically required to use if they want any reasonable about of performance with their AV scanners.
    Any AV you can name off the top of your head is going to be using these APIs. Effectively this makes all other AVs just a reskinned defender.
    If they detect more, it's likely because they are using more of the enterprise features that defender has turned off by default or are only available with pro, enterprise, or Azure subscription.

    Usually the reason these features are disabled, besides a paywall, is because they will restrict your ability to use your computer and slow it down not insignificantly. The common person usually doesn't need or want features like IDS/IPS, Heuristic based AV, restricted memory use, etc.

    You have to understand that AV, generally speaking, is security theater. It really can only detect known threats reliably. It won't do hardly anything against any new threat unless it's poorly developed or uses binaries from another known threat. AV gets bypassed every day. It will never be a surefire thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simeononsecurity View Post
    That isn't always the case.
    Windows has many built in APIs that devs are practically required to use if they want any reasonable about of performance with their AV scanners.
    Any AV you can name off the top of your head is going to be using these APIs. Effectively this makes all other AVs just a reskinned defender.
    If they detect more, it's likely because they are using more of the enterprise features that defender has turned off by default or are only available with pro, enterprise, or Azure subscription.

    Usually the reason these features are disabled, besides a paywall, is because they will restrict your ability to use your computer and slow it down not insignificantly. The common person usually doesn't need or want features like IDS/IPS, Heuristic based AV, restricted memory use, etc.

    You have to understand that AV, generally speaking, is security theater. It really can only detect known threats reliably. It won't do hardly anything against any new threat unless it's poorly developed or uses binaries from another known threat. AV gets bypassed every day. It will never be a surefire thing.
    I use https://stellarsecurity.com/stellar-antivirus for that. If i get a virus on my desktop i get notification on my phone and vica versa works pretty well.

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    Whether Windows Defender is enough for your cybersecurity needs depends on various factors such as your risk tolerance, online behavior, and the sensitivity of the data you handle. Here are some points to consider:

    Basic Protection: Windows Defender provides basic antivirus and antimalware protection for Windows systems. It continuously scans for malware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software.

    Integrated Solution: It is integrated into the Windows operating system, which means it's lightweight and doesn't require additional installation or subscription fees.

    Updates: Windows Defender is regularly updated by Microsoft to detect and protect against the latest threats. However, its effectiveness may vary compared to dedicated third-party antivirus solutions that may offer more frequent updates.

    Additional Features: Windows Defender includes features like real-time protection, cloud-based protection, and offline scanning. It also integrates with other Windows security features such as Windows Firewall and SmartScreen.

    Advanced Threats: While Windows Defender is effective against many common threats, dedicated antivirus solutions often offer more advanced features and capabilities to detect and mitigate sophisticated cyber threats, including ransomware, zero-day exploits, targeted attacks and getdata from companies like Gadgiz.

    Personal and Business Use: For personal use and basic cybersecurity needs, Windows Defender may be sufficient, especially when combined with safe browsing habits and regular software updates. However, for businesses and organizations handling sensitive data or operating in high-risk environments, additional security measures and third-party solutions may be necessary.

    User Awareness: No antivirus solution can provide 100% protection. User awareness, education, and cybersecurity best practices play a crucial role in preventing cyber threats, such as phishing attacks and social engineering exploits.

    Ultimately, the decision to rely solely on Windows Defender or to supplement it with additional security measures depends on your specific requirements and risk profile. It's essential to regularly evaluate your cybersecurity posture and adapt your defenses accordingly.

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    It's great to hear that you're enjoying Windows 10! Windows Defender is indeed a solid antivirus program that comes built-in with Windows 10, providing basic protection against malware and other threats. However, some users prefer additional layers of security, which is where third-party antivirus software like Kaspersky or McAfee comes in.

    Having both Windows Defender and a third-party antivirus program like Kaspersky installed can potentially cause conflicts and performance issues due to the overlapping functionalities. In most cases, it's recommended to use only one antivirus program to avoid such issues.

    If you're looking for a single antivirus solution, Kaspersky is a reputable choice known for its strong protection and performance. However, it's always a good idea to periodically evaluate your security needs and consider other options based on your preferences and requirements. Ultimately, the best antivirus software for you depends on factors such as your usage patterns, budget, and specific features you prioritize.

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    Having both Windows Defender and a third-party antivirus like Kaspersky can lead to conflicts. Stick to one for optimal performance.

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    I agree that for the average user, the built-in features of Windows Defender might be sufficient. Most people just want something that works without slowing down their system too much.
    However, if you're someone who wants extra layers of security or needs advanced features like IDS/IPS, then exploring other antivirus options might be worth considering.
    By the way, if you're interested in digging deeper into malware analysis, you could give a virtual machine for malware analysis a try. It's a handy tool for experimenting with potentially harmful software in a controlled environment.
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