PC Magazine reviewed just released Windows Defender Beta 2, which previously named Microsoft AntiSpyware. PC Magazine is not so amaze with Windows Defender, giving it just a fair rating of 2.5 out of possible 5.

Bottom Line: We like Windows Defender’s new interface and the reduction in warning pop-ups, but its protection still needs work.

Pros: Redesigned interface is clear and simple. Detailed information about spyware and traces. Pop-ups limited to essentials. “Advanced SpyNet” option to see all notifications and participate in analysis.

Cons: In testing, removed less than half of the spyware it detected. Spyware blocking only marginally better than previous version’s.

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