Windows Defender or Windows Security Essentials are commonly known as antimalware service executable processes, as it is the background program that is always running in your system’s background.
It is always active since it either keeps track of your antivirus program when this program is active and functional, or when your antivirus program is inactive and it needs to protect your system.
It offers protection from Viruses, Worms, rootkits, Spyware, etc.
- Protection from unusual slowing down or speeding up of processes
- Taking care of damaged or deleted files, which might end up with corrupted programs or loss of important irreplaceable data.
- Safeguarding the hard disk
- Protection from frequently crashing the system
- Defense to perform any task without interruptions
- Protection from Viruses, Worms, rootkits, Spyware, etc.
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13 Reasons Why You Need Anti Malware Services
If you do not want to install antivirus software, your system’s antimalware service is protecting it from all forms of attack.
Listed below are some benefits of having an active antimalware service on your system.
1. Protection from Virus Infection and Transmission
Your system’s antimalware service prevents your system from being infected by all types of malwares in absence of third-party antivirus software.
If any virus attacks your system and can infect it, your system’s antimalware service works to remove this virus before it spreads by infecting other files.
All viruses are stopped from doing any serious damage to your system, and your system is protected from numerous viruses throughout the day, especially if you are connected to the internet.
If your computer gets infected by a virus, chances are that it will spread to others whose systems are connected to your system through file sharing or when they are using the same network.
2. Defence Against Hackers and Data Theft
Viruses or other types of malwares often create vulnerabilities that allow hackers to easily gain access to your system.
If you click on any suspicious pop-up ad, link in an email, or link on a website, malware might get installed in your system as part of any third-party program or link itself to your personal or system files.
Once a hacker gains access to any important details, they can either use it to scam you or sell this information to other people who can benefit from such a situation.
Regular scans are performed on your system, ensuring it remains protected from hackers and/or hacking-based programs that can also infect your computer network.
3. Parental Control Over Internet Usage
Kids can now access anything on the internet, which is why parents need to strictly monitor kids below a certain age when they are using the internet or computer.
Regardless of whether it is good or bad, kids below a certain age should not be allowed to have access to certain information.
With information about bad things, kids might be easily swayed to perform these actions.
However, obtaining information about good things might also be problematic for kids, since content for adults does not contain explanations for kids, making it impossible for them to understand the decision-making process or even segregation between good and bad.
Since parents cannot be present hovering over their kids’ shoulders when they are using the internet, and can’t even regularly speak to them about good and bad as kids get easily irritated, they need their computer itself to control what is getting displayed to kids.
This is done by turning on parental control for antimalware service. Not only does your children’s internet activity get limited according to age-appropriate content but they also get monitored.
All of their activity logs are stored securely and you can monitor them without them finding out that their activity is being monitored.
Additionally, you can install third-party software to store their keystrokes, if they use the internet for regularly communicating with others.
This allows you to stay tension free as you know they are not talking to someone dangerous.
You might have considered having a separate budget for antivirus or antimalware applications, however, if you do not want to spend this amount, you don’t need to.
Since antimalware service is an in-built application you do not need to pay any extra amount to install/activate it.
While it does consume too much of your CPU’s processing power, it protects your computer from all types of threats, just like third-party antivirus software.
You might find it lacking in some areas, like additional benefits or services offered by antivirus software applications, but it does not compromise your system’s security regardless of its cost.
5. Protection from Removable Devices
You might often use removable USB (Universal Serial Bus) drives to transfer data from one computer to another.
If you remember to scan this device every time you plug it into your computer then it is not a threat to you. However, at times you might forget to manually scan removable storage devices before transferring data from them.
In such cases, your device will get infected, since most removable data devices always contain some form of a virus.
You might have even experienced your system crashing, slowing down, or showing other signs of virus infection after you have copied a file from a friend’s or acquaintance’s USB device.
Your system’s antimalware service ensures you stay protected at these times, as it scans any removable device that can be connected to your system, as soon as it gets connected.
Since these devices are used for temporarily storing files so that they can be transferred from one system to another, they often get infected from any one system and then keep passing on the infected files to multiple systems.
These viruses are difficult to remove with a simple scan that your computer security system runs to just check for the presence of a virus.
You might have to format this removable device to completely remove this virus. Ensure copying data to a secure location, before formatting this device.
6. Protection without Interference
All versions of Microsoft come equipped with their antivirus system.
It is a free in-built service that keeps track of your antivirus program and if it expires or is not working properly, it will automatically disable this program and take over protecting your system.
Windows 7, was known as Microsoft Security Essentials. Since then, it has been upgraded and updated to Microsoft Defender for Windows 10 and above.
If you install a fully functional antivirus system, this in-built Defender program will deactivate itself and just keep track of how your antivirus program is performing.
Protect without interfering with other programs installed on your computer.
For example, if you install a good security suite on your computer, you should check to see if a similar security program already exists on your system.
In this case, the security suite will ask you to remove the conflicting software before installing itself.
7. No Unnecessary Termination
Protect processes from unnecessary termination. Powerful malware is designed to exploit vulnerabilities in antivirus programs.
Some malware may try to take control of your system by killing the antivirus solution running on your system.
A reliable security solution should always protect processes from unnecessary termination.
8. Automate Security Scans
We believe that a reliable security solution should provide a means of automating anti-malware scanning.
This means that you can schedule antivirus scans using your security suite. If your security product ships with regularly scheduled scans already enabled, even better.
It’s even more effective to run antivirus scans when your computer is idle and not doing anything.
9. Multiple Layer Security
A good security product should contain multiple layers of security to protect you from the latest cyber threats.
A good antivirus is good against traditional types of malware, but that doesn’t mean your computer won’t get infected with ransomware, which is even more harmful than traditional viruses.
So, when looking for your next security solution, we think you should consider whether it offers all-around protection.
This means protection against the following types of threats.
10. Shield from Ransomware
Malicious programs take control and encrypt files such as photos, work documents, and videos after infecting a computer.
When this happens, the ransomware program tries to trick users into paying a large amount to the creators so that they can get their files back.
11. Safety from Adware
Software programs that display advertisements on your screen, web browser, or elsewhere on your computer.
Although not malware by definition, adware almost always negatively impacts computer performance and user experience. It can also infect your computer with malware.
12. Defence from Network Attacks
If a hacker wants to take control of your device remotely, they can do so via a ‘break’ approach.
Second, you need a firewall to stop network attacks. A good firewall should not only stop attacks from the outside, but it should also let you know about suspicious traffic leaving your computer.
13. Protection from Web Threats
Web browsers should be your first line of defence against malware. Therefore, a good security solution should include a web protection module that can prevent access to websites with malicious content.
Dealing with malware in your browser is better than dealing with it when it reaches your computer.
While choosing an antivirus program take into account the services it offers and whether or not you require these services for your computer system.
The protection it offers my benefit you in many ways.