I consider myself lucky as I have been using the Windows Defender and enjoying its features and benefits. This particular program is proven to be very useful to protect my device and all data stored inside from malware, viruses and other threats. In case you do not know this yet, this Defender is a cut-down version of the previous Microsoft Security Essentials.
Steps for Windows Defender Offline Update
- First of all, the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 version 32 or 64 bit should be already installed on your PC. You can check by opening the Computer Properties
- Continue by visiting the link to the official page or Windows Defender for latest updates. Always remember to download the right updates’ version. Some people have mistakenly chosen the 32-bit version for their 64-bit version system or vice versa. So, make sure not to make the same mistake
- The download of the update file has completed. Then, you can continue by opening the downloaded folder that contains the update. Finish by double-clicking the folder for installing the update in your device. And you have just completed the task.
Windows Defender Pros and Cons
Being a Windows Defender user, I do find some pros and cons of this program. I try to be neutral here and note down both the pros and cons to give you clear pictures of this particular program.
Let’s start with the pros. The Windows Defender does support both Windows 10 and Windows 8 which is just great. According to the tests run by independent labs, it scored high, especially in the antiphishing test.
What about the cons? There are some to be noted down. The major con is the poor score on the malware blocking test. And, it also makes an average score on the malicious URL blocking test.
Perhaps, we can move further on finding out how Defender is not too capable of blocking malware unlike another add-on antivirus. There were some tests run independently using varieties of samples including the annoying items like PUPs and virulent ransomware. The tests showed that Defender does not attempt to detect the lower-risk items including the adware and PUPs.
And the test was continued to be performed involving other kinds of malware or threats. This time, it involves a folder of malware. This time, Windows Defender dealt with the issue slowly. It was started with notification about vague threat occurred on the screen. It requires us to click on it to view the details.
In other malware, the Defender decides to quarantine the samples immediately. Sometimes, it also displays the number of found items. Then, it requires us to choose between viewing for more details and deleting it right away. Most people usually view the details first before removing the threats.
But here is some confusing fact. On the notifications, you may find zero threats when you click on it to see the details. So, some people end up not deleting the files which can be quite dangerous.