This article comes from Windows Central.Source: Free antivirus software is good enough for most people, here's why
- Preinstalled on Windows 10 devices.
- Experts and reviewers recommend them.
- Minimal slowdowns
- Designed to be easy to operate. (Aka You don't need to read the 100 page manual)
However there is paragraph from the article which may require further clarification. While Defender ATP is not available for consumers, is Defender Antivirus still considered a next-gen component of ATP, or is ATP the next-gen component for Defender Antivirus?
Microsoft Defender Antivirus is described as the "next generation protection component" of the company's Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Without paying a penny, you have access to protection that brings together machine learning, big-data analysis and in-depth threat resistance research. It also detects and blocks apps that are deemed unsafe, even though it may not be detected as malware.
The antivirus software updates as part of the Microsoft updates we've all come to know and love, so there's no need to worry about keeping it up to date with virus definitions. Why would you pay for anything else?