Windows 10 users who want to surf the web safely and not worry about virtual threats must always resort to antivirus to ensure the protection of the system and equipment. For this, a series of software – free and paid – can be purchased by users of the Microsoft operating system.
With that in mind, AV-TEST – an independent German company specialized in the evaluation of antivirus programs – evaluated the main software available on the market and organized them in a ranking that defines which ones are the most effective in protecting the system.
In the list, Microsoft Defender – free and native Windows application – ranks among the most effective on the list and reached the top score in all three categories in which software is evaluated.
Along with it, there are other programs that are already known to users, such as Avira, Kaspersky and McAfee.
Other popular antiviruses around the world, such as Avast and AVG, for example, also appear on the list. However, they lose half a point in one aspect and fall behind in the ranking. As stated, AV-TEST evaluates the programs in three categories: Protection, Performance and Usability, the three classified in a maximum of 6 points. Avast and AVG lost their score in the application’s performance criteria and totaled 17.5 points.
Microsoft Defender is a completely free application that offers basic protection against virtual threats. However, some paid software options may offer some extra functionality, such as real-time malware protection and an integrated firewall, for example.
It is worth remembering that, in addition to Windows, Microsoft Defender also debuted in the mobile market and launched the Android version of the app. However, this one is aimed at the corporate market and, for now, it is not available for iOS phones.