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Windows 10 will soon block suspicious downloads

Windows 10 will soon block suspicious downloads

You will have the option to allow cryptographic miners and other helper applications on your computer, but Microsoft will tell you if it is a bad idea. […]

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annoying Microsoft will Windows 10 By default, block potentially unwanted apps from the beginning of August – bulk apps you probably don’t want. The change was in one Support-Dokument From Newer Windows announced.

If you download a lot of third-party tools, you may have already come across a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), also known as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). These terms mostly describe an aggregated piece of adware or – worse – a small add-on that slows down in the background. Cryptocurrency miners.

You may not even know where PUA comes from. Sometimes it is the developer themselves who added the PUA for additional revenue, or a website that collects utilities and goes to download offers. Either way, PUA is an app you’ve never asked for and probably won’t either.

Microsoft It is now more aggressive with PUAs. Microsoft has already given you Windows 10 The May 2020 updates introduced the ability to automatically filter PUAs, although this functionality is deactivated by default. “From the beginning of August 2021, we will turn this functionality on by default to make it easier to get the most out of your systems,” Microsoft said.

Filtering applications can of course cause errors. After all, you might like one Cryptominer For a little extra income, or download an app that distributes updates via the attached BitTorrent client you know and accept. If so, you can use a file Microsoft Activate and disable the mechanism known as Reputation-Based Protection in the Windows 10 Settings menu. Go through the menu “Windows 10Settings” or the Windows 10 search field to the “Windows Security” app and then to “App and browser control” > “Reputation-based protection”.

Here you will find the Windows 10 reputation protection settings (c) Mark Hachman / IDG

Under Block Potentially Unwanted Apps, you will see two options to toggle: Block Apps and Downloads to obscure. Both have similar functions. Blocking downloads works at the browser level, but with files Microsoft edge. Block apps are used to prevent apps from being downloaded in Chrome or another browser, as Windows Defender does not scan these apps until they are downloaded.

There is also a “master” toggle that allows you to completely disable reputation-based protection, but this is not recommended. Starting this month, reputation-based protection will be turned on by default.

Microsoft isolates the PUA when it detects it. There you have the option of deleting it, leaving it in an isolated state or allowing it on your system (c) Microsoft

Note that enabling applications or Downloads Blocking doesn’t block all apps or downloads, it only blocks those apps or downloads Microsoft Classified as suspicious. Microsoft isolates all detected PUAs and lets you decide if you want to install them on your device. Microsoft simply uses the information it has about the app to let you know that it might not be a good idea.

* As PCWorld’s managing editor, Mark Hachman’s focus is on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other things.