Windows Defender VS Avast – Know the difference.

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Windows Defender

It is an anti malware software which comes pre-installed in Windows. Windows defender was launched on October 24, 2006 as a free antispyware for windows XP. Later it was turned into an anti- virus program and Microsoft security essentials were replaced by it. It can be used on Windows 8 and the later versions. It scans the newly downloaded files and meet all your demands.


You can use the free version of Avast on your laptop or PC. It has famous features of implementing next- gen technologies. Also it can fight against many virus like malware and cyber threats. Avast supports all the OS like android, windows, iOS and also includes 4 paid versions which are Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast internet security, Avast Ultimate and Avast premier.

Which one is better Avast or Windows Defender?

To find which one is better, go through the below comparisons between avast and windows defender from five aspects.

1. Security-related features.

Windows defender – it is built into all PCs . you cannot uninstall or remove the software from your device but it will shut down automatically when you download a third part antivirus program. Windows defender firewall protects your computer from malicious traffic. It also pays attention to the incoming and outgoing network connection and rejects the unauthorized access. It includes set of parental controls which can be used in monitoring your child’s activities. It uses automatic screen timer which prevents the children from using certain apps and website. There is also a ‘find my device’ feature which is helpful for your laptop if it is lost. You can also lock or delete the data which are personal if you find any risk.

Avast – it protects against different types of digital threats, but there is no advance security enhancement or utilities in the program. It is the company’s first premium offering. You are being protected from various threats and spam filters as this program provides comprehensive anti-malware protection and best firewall. You can use the password manager to store your entire password in the digital vault. It also gives you access to restricted content in your area because it has VPN utility. It also allows you to permanently delete any sensitive files which you don’t want to get hacked because it has file shredding tool. This software also restricts from spying through your webcam on you.

2. Malware Protection

Windows Defender – recently there was a lab evaluations that are conducted by AV-Test and AV- Comparatives to check which is the best antivirus. Windows defender scored 6 out of 6 in the protection test which shows that it is a best anti-malware software.

Avast- it scored 5.5 out of 6 which is also a good score.

System Performance- good antivirus software will give you excellent malware protection for your PC. Buying any anti-virus software can make your PC slower which is a waste of money. There was a lab test between windows defender and Avast conducted by independent labs.

Windows defender – it scored 5.5 out of 6 in the performance category

Avast – it scored 6 out of 6 in the performance category.

3. User Interface –

Windows defender- it is the main dashboard for controlling software features and operations. To reach the windows defender security center you need to click launch the software. In the windows defender interface there is no option to schedule scans but you can run different types of scans.

Avast – it is simple and intuitive containing dark colors. When you open your software you may see a big green tick mark indicating that everything is ok. If you see a red exclamation mark then there may be a problem. To scan your device you will find a button below the indicator icon. the main function is organized by the left-hand pane and is divided into 4 self explanatory categories. Status, privacy, protection and performance.

5. Pricing

Windows defender – it is a free program where you don’t have to pay for upgrades. They don’t cost money.

Avast- this provides a complete set of antivirus products which also includes a limited freemium option. It doesn’t cost money. Avast premium cots $69.99 per annum for one PC license.


You can choose as per your demand that who is a better program. Both of them has their own advantages and disadvantages. And no program is perfect for your computer. Thus, this article will help you in taking your decision.

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