Yes, Windows Defender (formerly known as Microsoft Security Essentials) does have an anti-spyware feature. Windows Defender is a powerful anti-malware and anti-spyware program that is built into all editions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system since Windows Vista. It can be downloaded for free from the Windows Store or it can be enabled through the Control Panel.
The anti-spyware feature of Windows Defender actively monitors programs and network connections to detect and block malicious software, such as spyware and other unwanted software. When malicious software is detected, Windows Defender displays a notification, and users are given the option to quarantine, delete, or allow the item.
When Windows Defender is enabled, it will also periodically scan your computer for any signs of spyware, which could include keyloggers and other malicious programs that may be used to steal confidential information. If any suspicious activity is found, Windows Defender will alert you so you can take appropriate action. It can also scan programs that you download from the Internet to make sure they don’t contain any hidden spyware.
In addition to providing real-time protection against spyware, Windows Defender also provides you with tools to help you find and remove existing spyware on your computer. This includes the ability to schedule regular scans, view detailed system information, and an option to manually scan specific files and folders.
Windows Defender also includes a software restriction policy which can be used to prevent potentially malicious software from installing on your computer. This feature allows you to create rules that prohibit certain programs from running or from connecting to the Internet without your permission. These rules can be customized by specifying which programs you want to allow or block.
Windows Defender is an effective anti-spyware solution for Windows, however it should be noted that it may not provide complete protection against all types of threats. To ensure the best protection, it is recommended that users also install a third-party anti-malware program, such as McAfee or Symantec Endpoint Protection, in addition to Windows Defender.