If you’re looking for a simple low-cost security system, the suite that is included in Windows 10 or 11 is an excellent option. It’s also referred to as Windows Security or Microsoft Defender and it comes with security against viruses with an firewall, device monitoring, kid protection (you can limit what your children can access online) as well as other features.

In addition to the normal malware detection, prevention and neutralization capabilities, it comes with an anti-phishing password manager and a password manager tools. Its firewall checks all connections, both inbound and outbound, including Wi-Fi networks. It also comes with a menu that allows you to review the details of suspicious connections.

In our tests, the program did a decent job blocking the majority of phishing websites and dangerous downloads. Its reputation-based security system utilizes a large database to assign website and app reputation scores. Programs with low scores are automatically filtered out. In addition to this, it also offers protection against exploits to defend against attacks that attempt to alter your computer’s settings.

It’s pretty good generally however, it doesn’t offer the malware detection rates that standalone competitors like Norton and Bitdefender do. It does have a password manager, but it isn’t equipped with other useful features such as a PC optimizer or VPN. Its customer support options are extensive, though they have a large user base as well as extensive FAQs and forums and several methods of getting in contact with a tech expert via live chat or email.