You may wonder if you require a third-party antivirus program if you own a PC running Microsoft’s most popular OS. After all, Microsoft Windows 11 boasts hardware security features like TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot that prevent malware from infecting your computer while it is booting up. These security tools are designed to ensure only authentic drivers and OS files are installed. They also ensure that malware will not alter your system’s files or memory.
Despite these robust built-in security measures Microsoft’s Windows Defender isn’t enough to completely shield your device from all forms of cyber threats. It’s important to remember that even the most secure systems could be infected by malware, viruses, and ransomware. These threats can compromise sensitive data, slow your machine down and even erase it completely.
It’s therefore an ideal idea to have a strong antivirus program that protects your Windows 11 computer. Its role is to block malicious websites and advertisements that contain viruses, ensuring they don’t infect your PC or spread to others.
Some experts recommend mixing Microsoft built-in security with a third-party antivirus program to maximize the security of your data. It is important not to overload the layers of security as they could potentially conflict and negate the effectiveness of each other. Multiple antivirus programs can be expensive and consume the resources of your system, resulting in slower performance.