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Difference between McAfee and Windows Defender
  • Last Updated : 25 Nov, 2020

1. McAfee :
McAfee is a global security software company and one of the top name in antivirus software business. The name is based on its founder John McAfee, who founded the company in 1987. Its antivirus software suits are compatible with various operating systems like Windows, MAC, android, IOS. It is based on paid subscription service.

Pros of McAfee :

  • VPN is included in all subscription model.
  • It is supported in various operating systems like Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.
  • Virus Protection Pledge money-back malware removal guarantee.

Cons of McAfee :

  • Only with the auto-renewal, VPN and identity theft protection included.

2. Windows Defender :
Windows Defender is the Microsoft proprietary antivirus and an integrated part of Windows 8/8.1/10 operating system. It is compatible only in windows operating system. It is absolutely free of cost as comes as the part of windows antimalware program. It provides better firewall protection.

Pros of Windows Defender :



  • Free real-time protection from viruses, malware, spyware.
  • It scans and reboots PC to eliminate persistent malware in offline also.
  • When in Windows there is no antivirus software is activated, it is activated automatically.
  • It includes a firewall and Find My Device so it is easy to locate, lock, or erase a Windows 10 PC.

Cons of Windows Defender :

  • While using Windows Defender there is risk of email spam and phishing as no added protection is provided for this.



Difference between McAfee and Windows Defender :

S.No. MCAFEE WINDOWS DEFENDER
01. McAfee is a global security software company and one of the top name in antivirus software business. Windows Defender is the Microsoft proprietary antivirus and an integrated part of Windows 8/8.1/10 operating system.
02. It is compatible with various operating systems like Windows, MAC, android, IOS. It is compatible only in windows operating system.
03. It comes under paid subscription basis. Its antivirus software suits and plans can be subscribed for a period of time. It comes absolutely free of cost as the part of windows antimalware program.
04. McAfee has less impact on system performance, memory management and resource usage as compared to Windows Defender. Windows Defender has more impact on system performance, memory management and resource usage as compared to McFee.
05. McAfee has good support like Live help, phone support, Email support. Windows Defender does not provide such supports.
06. It provides added protections against email spam or phishing. It does not provide any added protections against email spam or phishing.
07. Money back guarantee is there in McAfee. No Money back guarantee is there in Windows Defender.
08. It provides better protection against viruses, malware and other malicious program. It provides better firewall protection.

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