If you’re looking for a basic low-cost security system, the suite that is built into Windows 10 or 11 is an excellent choice. Also known as Microsoft Defender or Windows Security that combines antivirus protection with a firewall and device performance monitor, kid protection online (you can set the permissions for what your children can do on their computer and other devices) as well as other features.
It also comes with a password management tool as well as an anti-phishing tool, among other features. Its firewall checks all connections, both inbound and outbound including Wi-Fi networks. It also has an advanced menu that lets you access specific details about suspicious connections, which is a an excellent feature.
In our tests it did a decent job of blocking phishing sites and dangerous downloads. Its reputation-based system of security utilizes a large database to assign app and site reputation scores. Programs with low scores are automatically blocked. Additionally it also provides security against exploits to guard against attacks that attempt to alter the settings of your computer.
Although it’s a good product overall, it’s not as good as the malware detection rates of standalone competitors like Norton or Bitdefender. It does, however, include the password manager, it doesn’t include other useful features like the PC optimizer or VPN. The customer support options are extensive, though they have a large user base with extensive FAQs and forums and a variety of methods to get in contact with a tech expert via live chat or email.