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    Windows 10 will block potentially unwanted apps by default


    Microsoft’s Windows Defender functionality has significantly improved since the release of Windows 10 in 2015. With Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update), Microsoft added a new optional setting that makes potentially unwanted apps (PUA) blocking easier in the operating system.

    For those unaware, Potential Unwanted Apps (PUAs) are not considered malware, but they can be harmful in other ways. These apps typically include adware and other unwanted programs that accompany apps that you download from the internet.

    The potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) mostly come bundled with the primary app downloaded by the user, and they’re not necessarily dangerous. According to Microsoft, these apps are considered PUAs: Adware, Torrent (Enterprise PCs only), miners, bundling software, marketing software, and apps with poor industry reputation.

    Last year, Microsoft added a feature to Windows 10’s Settings app that lets you instantly block potentially unwanted apps using Windows Defender SmartScreen. This feature is not exclusive to Edge browser and it can be enabled for the entire operating system, allowing Microsoft to block unwanted apps.

    It’s long been available as an option, but Microsoft recently announced it will “start automatically enabling the feature on desktops running Windows 10 May 2020 Update or newer.

    “Starting in early August 2021 we’ll begin turning it on by default to make it easier for you to keep your systems performing at their best,” the company said in a support document published over the weekend.

    Without a doubt, this is a good feature for normal users not familiar with unwanted apps that can be harmful.

    Presumably, Microsoft’s hope is that people stick with automatic PUA blocking once it’s enabled. However, there’s a chance that Windows 10’s security feature will flag legitimate apps as “unwanted”. Fortunately, Microsoft will let users disable the option from Settings:

    1. Open the Start menu and search for Settings.
    2. Select Update & Security.
    3. Select Windows Security.
    4. Using the left sidebar options, navigate to App & browser control tab.
    5. Look for “Reputation-based protection settings”.
    6. Toggle the “Potentially unwanted app blocking” option to enable or disable it.

    This potentially unwanted app setting comes with two options: apps block and downloads block. When the first option is selected, Windows will detect files/apps that are already present on the device and block them. On the other hand, the “block downloads” will work only in Microsoft Edge.

    According to the support documentation, Windows 10’s new security policy would come into effect in “early August”, so it’s possible that the update has already started rolling out in stages.

    Additionally, Microsoft is also working on new security improvements for its Chromium-powered Edge browser. This includes Windows Hello integration and HTTPS-only mode in Microsoft Edge.

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  2. meebers Win User

    Protection History Warning - Potentially unwanted app found

    This just popped up, potentially unwanted app found. Detected MiniTool_Partition_Wizard_Bundleinstaller?? Tried Remove, Quarantine - does not remove the Yellow Triangle. Anybody else seen this?? False positive?? Had 2 instances, blocked the first one.
     
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    Windows 10 forgets default apps

    I have noticed like not 5mins ago that Winamp just got kicked out of my default apps list in Windows 10 Pro.
    I installed this installation not max 3 weeks ago with fresh downloaded Windows 10 Pro using Microsoft Media Creation Tool, is there a way to fix this bcs I using sfc /scannow don't do a lot for me and I have run it before on this installation.

    Before u ask, I have fully updated my Windows 10 with all non-insider/beta updates.

    The only thing I have disabled is the uac prompt that popup when u need admin for applications to run bcs it's simply annoying.

    I don't remember having all these problems with Windows 8.1 Pro when i was using that and I am really thinking about going back so I can have "fully control" over Windows again with like disabling all the admin crap bcs I feel like it's messing more up and makes things less useful in Windows 10 with all these small problems I have and I read a lot of ppl having problems with various things time and time again where they needed to reinstall Win10 over and over to get it to work fully.

    Any advice on how I can get Windows 10 to just work as a "daily driver" without all these small annoying things? *Frown Windows 10 will block potentially unwanted apps by default :(
     
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  4. Ahhzz Win User

    Windows 10 will block potentially unwanted apps by default

    Windows 10 Tweaks

    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

    Windows 10: In the new version of Windows, Explorer has a section called Quick Access. This includes your frequent folders and recent files. Explorer defaults to opening this page when you open a new window. If you’d rather open the usual This PC, with links to your drives and library folders, follow these steps:

    • Open a new Explorer window.
    • Click View in the ribbon.
    • Click Options.
    • Under General, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
    • Click OK


    credit to Lifehacker.
     
    Ahhzz, Aug 4, 2021
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