What is the best antivirus for Windows 11? It is a very interesting question, especially since this operating system has been on the market for less than two months. We might think that not enough time has passed to answer that question in a blunt way, but the truth is that thanks to AV-TEST we have it very clear: Microsoft Defender is the best antivirus for Windows 11, and above it is free.
The tests carried out by AV-TEST last October leave no room for doubt. Microsoft Defender obtained a perfect score in protection, performance and ease of use, three keys that are used by said medium to make an average evaluation, and to establish a hierarchy among the best products analyzed. With your score of 18 points out of 18 possible, Microsoft Defender is, on its own merits, the best antivirus for Windows 11, and also for Windows 10.
I know that more than one of our readers is probably wondering why we consider it, directly, as the best antivirus for Windows 11 and not as one of the best. The answer is very simple, because:
- It comes pre-installed with Windows 11, and we don’t have to go through any installation or setup process to start using it.
- It is completely free, and does not involve any type of registration or use monetization through advertising.
- It gets better over time, receives updates, and has fantastic support despite the fact that, as we said, it is a free solution.
Microsoft Defender: The best antivirus for Windows 11, and for Windows 10
We are facing the best antivirus for both operating systems, since it comes pre-installed with both, and maintains all its functions and all its value in both versions of Windows. On a personal note, I must say that I have been using Microsoft Defender for years, and thanks to it, and a little common sense when browsing the Internet, I have not had a malware infection since the days when I was using Windows 7.
Obviously, this does not mean that said antivirus solution is perfect, but it does mean is fully capable of meeting the needs of any average user, and if we are a little careful when browsing the Internet, when we download and share files, and when we look for certain types of content that may be located in dangerous areas, such as custom games that have not been officially distributed, for example, We will not need to resort to a paid antivirus.
In the graph that you will find just above the headline of this section you can see the scores obtained by each of the antivirus solutions you have tried AV-TEST. Most have achieved a perfect score, but it is curious that payment options such as Malwarebytes Premium register a 5.5 in protection, while Microsoft Defender, being free, achieves a 6 out of 6.