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Microsoft recently announced a major improvement to Windows Defender that you can take advantage of now to start getting the most out of one of the most complete virus and malware solutions available to Windows 10 users.

Why Windows Defender?

EVAN has long recommended Windows Defender as the best anti-virus and anti-malware option available to small business and home users. Now, the excellent investigative teams at Engadget and The Wirecutter are endorsing it, as well. These few simple reasons explain why:

Ease of use – Windows Defender is installed and enabled by default on all Windows 10 installations. It requires no maintenance or subscriptions, automatically updates, and performs regular scans in your computer’s downtime.
Performance – Defender uses far fewer system resources because it is deeply embedded in the Windows operating system. For users, this means faster performance and fewer intrusions to their workflow.
Capability – The trusted independent security firm, AV-TEST, gives Windows Defender a maximum rating in protection and a nearly perfect rating in performance.
Privacy – Because Defender is a part of the core Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft does not bother you with pop-ups for upsold services or constant subscription and licensing reminders.
Price – Windows Defender is included at no extra cost with all variants of Windows 10!

What’s New?

Microsoft’s recent improvements to Windows Defender now allow its anti-virus capabilities to run in a “sandbox” for greater protection. While being a fun place to play in the real world, sandboxes in the software world put a virtual fence around code so that it cannot take action on the rest of a system.

Defender and other anti-virus software suites are constantly prodded by hackers for vulnerabilities because of how much permission they are given to execute code on a computer. This high level of permission is necessary for them to function, but very dangerous if exploited.

By sandboxing an anti-virus software, any exploited vulnerabilities have no ability to infect the remainder of a system and allow viruses or other malicious code to escape. If an infection in the sandbox does occur, it is simply destroyed without any damage to the rest of the operating system.

How Do I Use This New Feature?

Sandboxing will be enabled by default and delivered to all Windows 10 users automatically in the next few months. Advanced users can also enable this mode now on any version of Windows greater than 1703 by following the instructions here.

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