Windows Defender Antivirus is the default security application for devices running Microsoft's Windows operating system.
Like Windows Firewall, it may not offer the best protection or functionality, but it is there to protect systems directly after setup.
The installation of another security program replaces Windows Defender on the system and takes its role to block attacks.
Regardless of whether Windows Defender or another security software is protecting the device, you may want to test the protection to make sure it works correctly.
Microsoft maintains two test sites for Windows Defender security tests. The first, called Windows Defender SmartScreen Demo Pages, is all about SmartScreen protection.
SmartScreen Filter is a component of Windows Defender designed to protect against malicious sites, downloads and programs.
Note: none of the pages or tests are malicious. They are designed to appear malicious to find out if running security software protects the system against different attack types.
The following tests are available:
Click on any of the available tests to run them. Again, none of the tests are malicious but they are designed to appear as if they are.
Windows Active Defense is the name of the second test page. Some of the tests require that you sign in on the site, others can be run without signing in.
The following tests and options are available:
Some of the tests require preparation before they can be run. A click on a test describes the test scenario and setup.
The tests are designed specifically for Windows Defender Antivirus. While third-party antivirus solutions may block certain simulated malicious activities as well, some tests won't deliver the desired results unless Windows Defender Antivirus is used.
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