Microsoft Defender now whoops up ransomware real good

Few would have imagined that Microsoft Defender would grow up to become one of the finest in tackling malware like viruses and ransomware, but here we are living in this reality.

For years, Microsoft security solutions were considered baseline security, with experts recommending deployment of third-party programs alongside from the likes of Norton, Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and Panda Security.

But those days are long gone, as Microsoft Defender is performing right up there with the best — and this is mighty impressive how the application comes bundled with Windows and is available to users for free.

Antivirus assessment firm AV-TEST is here with its latest malware protection test focused on ransomware for the month of April 2022.

The results now have Microsoft Defender scoring full points in not only the corporate edition test but also the consumer edition test. All the more praiseworthy performance from Defender, as consumers can now expect similar level of protection that enterprise users get.

A total of 34 products were put under the radar this time from 17 participating firms in 10 test scenarios. Products in the home user or consumer category were different from the ones in the corporate category.

The images below show the scores obtained by solutions in both categories:

Up next, we have two image that provide a breakdown of how well Defender performed for Windows home users in 10 live tested scenarios:

And finally, we have the breakdown for business users:

Excellent showing all round from Microsoft Defender, which can now proudly boast about going toe to toe with the best in the business. And not just for end users but for companies as well who want that peace of mind.

You can find more details on the official AV-TEST website here.