Windows 10 Will Now Protect You From Unwanted Apps

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Who wants an unwanted app? Nobody! That’s precisely why Windows 10 has picked up this latest security feature that protects you from installing potentially unwanted applications.

PUPs, as they are also known.

Now, whether you call them Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) or Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), the fact is that this is malicious software that either gets automatically and unwillingly installed, or hitches on a ride with whatever program you are deploying.

Windows 10 and Windows Defender both have been able to warn you against these unwanted apps, for quite some time now. But this feature was hidden away via group policy settings

The May 2020 Update for the OS brings it front and center, giving Windows Defender the ability to actively protect your PCs from PUA threats. This protection functionality is now available directly through the Windows interface itself.

ZDNet first spotted this in a support document, which confirms that Windows Defender now has a dedicated option in the settings panel that allows you to block the installation of such applications.

This is how it looks:

Windows 10 PUP Protection

The option is turned off by default, so you will have to manually enable it once you update to the latest version of Windows 10.

This new security feature helps detect and block the installation of potentially unwanted applications that sneak through with the installers of legitimate programs.

Microsoft’s new Edge web browser has also had this ability to block these unwanted programs since March, but Windows Defender will now be able to do that for all Windows 10 users with the May 2020 Update.

As revealed, Microsoft has two additional settings for you once you activate this feature. These let you either block these PUAs as they are downloading, or detect them after you have already downloaded or installed them.

Solid stuff.

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