What is the Best Free Antivirus for Windows 10?

Keith Haskin
Keith Haskin
June 22, 2021

Security is an important topic when talking about a computer.

While there are several free antivirus programs available, how do you know which one is right for you?

With Windows 10, Microsoft includes a FREE security package for your computer called Microsoft Defender. It has basic protection features and has been included with every Windows computer since 2006.

Microsoft Defender offers threat protection, account protection, firewall and network protection, app and browser control, device security, device performance and health and various family options. By default, it is turned on and set to Microsoft’s recommended standard. You can view these settings by opening Windows Security and you can change them to your liking. Let’s look at Windows Security and review some of the basic features.

From the start menu, type Windows Security and click on the app to open the settings page.

Virus & Threat Protection

Here is where you can see when your computer was last scanned and if there are any current threats you should be aware of. You can also run a scan from here as well as review or change the settings for virus and threat protection.

Account Protection

Setup account protection by creating or signing into a Microsoft account. Doing so will enable you to use Windows Hello, which is used for signing into your computer by using a pin number, fingerprint or facial recognition. Keep in mind that not all computers can use fingerprint or facial recognition.

Firewall & Network Protection

Windows built in firewall monitors network traffic to protect your computer from threats online. There are three types of network protection that are included – domain or work environment, private or home and public. Keep these on to stay protected when connected to the internet.

App & Browser Control

When it comes to online security, Microsoft’s reputation-based protection can protect your device from malicious or potentially unwanted apps, files and websites. There is so much online that it is hard to know what is safe and what is not, but the settings in app and browser control allow you take advantage of Microsoft’s resources when it comes to online safety.

Device Security

Device security monitors the hardware in your computer. This will ensure that your device is running optimally and keep important operating system processes from being tampered with by any malicious code or software.

Device Performance & Health

This page will show you if there are any issues that are affecting your computer’s performance. From the computer's storage to the software, here you can check to see if something needs attention and Microsoft will recommend ways to take care of the issue. Also, from here, you can use the Fresh start which will give you a clean and up-to-date installation of Windows but will remove some apps.

Family Options

The Family options feature in Windows Security allows you to manage the activities of any children that may be using the computer. Monitor online activity, blocking websites and setting good screen time habits allow kids to use the computer safely and give you the ability to setup good computer practices for younger users. A Microsoft account is required to use this feature.

In Conclusion

Windows Security is designed to help keep you protected when you are online. It is also gives you the ability to monitor and manage many other settings on your device. Each section has its own settings that you can control at any time and if you ever want to learn more about a specific feature, there are clickable links to the Windows Community that give you more information about the topic. With Microsoft Defender you do not need to install any other software. And best of all, it’s free!

Keith Haskin
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