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I hear that Windows Defender doesn’t have the same level of security around preventing viruses from stopping it working, like Trend Micro does, for example. There is no uninstall password and it’s quite easy to disable the service and it won’t start up again.

That being said, Windows Defender is certainly better than Norton 360… My friend had a virus on her PC that a fully paid up copy of Norton 360 couldn’t detect. Windows Defender picked it up straight away.

Anyway, to answer your question, I don’t think that Windows Defender is sufficient for protecting a PC from viruses. These days the virus landscape is very different and it’s no longer sufficient to have just an antivirus product. You need the following to protect from zero day threats:

  • A decent firewall with intrusion prevention and the rest
  • Antispam software
  • A Good patching regime
  • Browser search protection to blacklist known bad sites

I think that Windows Defender is a good piece of the puzzle though, but not sufficient to stop viruses on its own.