Posts Tagged ‘windows-defender’

Windows Defender Application Guard – A Quick Summary

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Protection for Windows Edge is a nice start, but Microsoft needs to go a step further and include protection for IE as well as the user’s system.

Windows Defender Application Guard is a new security feature of the Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft revealed back in 2016. The company revealed back then that it would integrate the feature in a future Windows Insider build before shipping it with the new feature update of Windows, the Windows 10 Creators Update.


Kaspersky: Windows 10’s Antivirus Integration is Anti-Competitive

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The root of this problem seems to be that Windows 10 often returns false positives during incompatibility checks. It’s hard to tell if the false positives are truly anti-competitive, or they’re just another bug that needs to be worked out.

Eugen Kaspersky, head of the Russian security company Kaspersky Lab has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive practices in the Windows 10 operating system. Kaspersky complains that Microsoft pushes Windows Defender on Windows 10 devices to the detriment of third-party antivirus vendors.


Microsoft Sheds Light on Windows 10 Update Policy

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Here’s a quick peek at Microsoft’s plans for future Windows 10 updates …

Microsoft senior program manager Chris Riggs revealed information about the company’s Windows 10 update and upgrade in a presentation at the WinHEC technical conference in Taiwan. While Riggs addressed business and Enterprise customers in the Windows As A Service presentation, some of it is also interesting to Home users. Microsoft plans to release single cumulative updates each month, and so-called feature updates twice a year.


Microsoft Reveals Upcoming Windows 10 Features

Monday, April 11th, 2016

A sneak peek at some of the new features that Microsoft has planned for Windows 10.

Microsoft has published a Windows 10 roadmap for Business and Enterprise customers that reveals upcoming features of the operating system as well as a planned release month for the operating system’s Anniversary Update. According to this roadmap, Microsoft plans to release the Anniversary Update in July 2016.


How to Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Permanently

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Although one should only disable Windows Defender as a last resort, sometimes it’s the only choice when Defender conflicts with another program on your system.

Windows Defender is the default antivirus solution of Windows 10 just like it has been on Windows 8. The program is enabled by default and will turn itself off if another antivirus solution is installed provided that it is recognized by the operating system. One core difference between the implementation on Windows 8 and 10 is that you cannot turn off Windows Defender completely anymore using the preferences provided in the application.


Microsoft, LastPass and Others Post Solutions to Handle Superfish

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

You probably don’t have to worry about this unless you own a Lenovo PC, but it still makes an interesting story anyway …

An adware called Superfish is making big waves currently on the Internet after news spread that PC manufacturer Lenovo shipped some — it is still not clear which devices are affected — consumer PC models with the software preinstalled. The core purpose of Superfish is to display advertisement to users based on what they are looking at in web browsers. It injects advertisement on web pages that users visit in browsers.


You Can’t Block Facebook Using Windows 8’s Hosts File

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Well, it turns out that you can after all … but this article still contains useful information in spite of that.

The Windows hosts file offers a great way of blocking or redirecting certain Internet hosts. I’m for instance using it whenever I move websites to a new hosting company to check the life site before the DNS has fully propagated. You can also download software like Hosts Man that allow you to add lists of known malicious sites or advertising servers to the file to block those automatically from being visited on the computer.


How to Modify Windows Defender for Compatibility Issues with Security Software

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

If your security programs and anti-malware software are fighting with each other, here’s how to help them get along a bit better …

If you are running a full security suite to protect against malware, there are often compatibility issues between certain anti-malware software and the built-in Windows Defender. Windows Defender is a standard part of Windows 7 and it cannot actually be uninstalled, but it can be disabled if it is interfering with your security suite.


Disabling Microsoft SpyNet in Windows7

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

This looks like a helpful tip for those who are concerned with online privacy …

When Microsoft Security Essentials is installed on a computer with Windows 7, you automatically become a member of the Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Defender community and grant Microsoft the ability to automatically collaborate with the your computer through Microsoft SpyNet. It immediately creates a user membership which automatically tracks your activities and various threats that attack your computer. This enables SpyNet to get information about the actions taken to avoid becoming infected or for the removal of the malware.