Does every version of Windows include Windows Defender?

Yes, every version of Windows includes Windows Defender by default. Windows Defender is the built-in security solution included with all versions of Windows operating system.

Windows Defender was first released as Microsoft AntiSpyware in 2005 and included in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. In 2006, the name was changed to Windows Defender and added to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Windows Defender was also included in Windows 7 and Windows 8, and was redesigned and improved for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Windows Defender provides real-time protection against threats such as viruses, worms, malware, and spyware. It also monitors network activity and offers proactive protection from unknown threats. The software automatically scans for viruses and other security risks that may be present on the computer, and offers users tools for managing their security settings.

Windows Defender includes a number of features that make it an effective defense against potential threats. One of these features is cloud protection, which uses sophisticated cloud technology to detect and block malicious programs before they have a chance to infect the computer. The software also includes a malware remediation engine that can disinfect a computer from any current infections.

The Windows Firewall is also included in Windows Defender. This feature allows users to control incoming and outgoing network traffic, as well as configure firewall rules that only allow specific applications to communicate over the network.

Windows Defender also offers users access to custom settings that can be used to further customize the level of protection. These settings include options for scheduling regular scans, defining trusted networks, and setting up notifications when a threat is detected.

Windows Defender has evolved over the years in order to keep up with ever-evolving malware threats. In addition to the latest version of Windows Defender, Microsoft also offers other security solutions such as Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Intune Endpoint Protection. These additional security solutions provide added layers of protection to ensure that users are secure when using Windows.