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If you’re among the many who own an MS Windows-based PC, Microsoft’s most well-known operating system, you may be wondering if you still require third-party antivirus software. In the end, Microsoft Windows 11 boasts hardware security features like TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot that prevent malware from infecting your computer when it’s starting up. These security tools ensure that only genuine OS and driver files are able to be installed. They also ensure that malicious software will not alter your system’s files or memory.

Microsoft’s Windows Defender doesn’t protect your device from all cyber-attacks. Remember that even the best secured systems can be attacked by viruses, malware and other ransomware. These threats could harm your sensitive data, impede your system’s performance and erase your hard drive.

As a result, it’s always recommended to use a robust antivirus program protecting your Windows 11 machine. Its job is blocking malicious websites and ads that contain viruses so they can’t infect your computer or spread to other computers.

Some experts suggest mixing Microsoft built-in security with a third-party antivirus program to enhance the security of your data. It’s important not to overload yourself with layers of protection, as they could interfere with each other and cancel out their effectiveness. The use of multiple antivirus programs can also be expensive and consume your computer’s resources leading to slower performance.