Our buyer comments tells us that once customers seek for loose variations of tool, they frequently to find packages with a deficient popularity being put in at the gadget on the identical time. This trend signifies that the consumer has downloaded an software which displays provides (or bundles) for doubtlessly undesirable packages (PUA).

Potentially undesirable packages could make the consumer much less productive, make the consumer’s gadget much less performant, and result in a degraded Windows revel in. Examples of PUA come with tool that creates additional ads, packages that mine cryptocurrency, packages that display provides for different tool and packages that the AV business considers having a deficient popularity.

In the brand new Microsoft Edge (starting with 80.zero.338.zero), we’ve offered a brand new function to stop downloads that can include doubtlessly undesirable apps (PUA), by way of blocking off the ones apps from downloading. This function is off by way of default, however may also be grew to become on in 3 simple steps:

  1. Tap (Settings and extra) > Settings.
  2. Choose Privacy and products and services.
  3. Scroll right down to Services, after which activate Block doubtlessly undesirable apps.
Screenshot highlighting the Block potentially unwanted apps setting

Here is what customers will see when a obtain is blocked by way of the function (Note: PUA blocking off calls for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen to be enabled):

Screenshot showing a download banner, with the text: freevideo.exe has been blocked as a potentially unwanted app, and an option to Delete or click for more options.

To be informed extra about what Microsoft defines as PUA, see the factors in our documentation.

If an app has been mislabeled as PUA, customers can make a choice to stay it by way of tapping within the backside bar, opting for Keep, after which opting for Keep anyway within the conversation that looks.

Screenshot showing a dialog warning the an app is a potentially unwanted app.

From edge://downloads/, customers too can make a choice Report this app as respected, which is able to direct them to our comments web page. There, customers can tell us that they believe the app is mistakenly marked as PUA.

If you personal the web page or app in query, you’ll be able to tell us right here. Your comments will likely be reviewed by way of our staff to resolve an acceptable observe up motion.

Screenshot highlighting the option to Report the app as reputable in Downloads

Our objective is to lend a hand customers in getting the apps they would like, whilst empowering them to care for regulate over their gadgets and studies.

You can be informed extra about how Microsoft identifies malware, undesirable tool, and PUA in our safety documentation.

We inspire customers to all the time attempt to obtain tool from a depended on location, such because the writer’s web page or a credible app retailer, and to test evaluations of the app and the popularity of the writer sooner than downloading.

If you might be an admin or IT skilled and are taken with enabling this option on to your customers, see our endeavor documentation right here.

We hope you’ll check out this new function within the new Microsoft Edge and tell us what you suppose! Give us your comments by way of clicking the comments hyperlink within the higher proper nook of your browser or urgent Alt-Shift-I to ship comments.

– Juli Hooper and Michael Johnson, Microsoft Defender ATP