Windows 10: Windows Defender PUA feature?

Discus and support Windows Defender PUA feature? in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; WD has this new feature called PUA. Is this for domain environments or can this be done on a standalone Win10 Enterprise? Or is this needed on a... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by win10freak, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. Windows Defender PUA feature?


    WD has this new feature called PUA.
    Is this for domain environments or can this be done on a standalone Win10 Enterprise? Or is this needed on a standalone system?

    I know it has to be enabled in the registry.

    If enabled, how will this effect the use of a machine? Will I get constant annoying notifications all the time?

    How intrusive is enabling PUA?

    How is it different fron enabling or disabling this feature from standard malware protection?

    Thx!

    :)
     
    win10freak, Aug 28, 2017
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  2. PA Bear - MS MVP, Aug 28, 2017
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  3. Sumit Dhiman2, Aug 28, 2017
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  4. Windows Defender PUA feature?

    TairikuOkami, Aug 28, 2017
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  5. So it's best to just leave it disabled?

    Anyways, I practice safe computing habits and I rarely install programs which I do not need.
     
    win10freak, Aug 28, 2017
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  6. Probably yes. If you have had PUA, you would surely notice, that is it, what they are made for, like adware.
     
    TairikuOkami, Aug 28, 2017
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  7. Bree New Member
    I disagree. Enabling PUA protection in Defender will scan anything save to your Downloads folder for PUAs, adware and unwanted browser extensions (things like the Ask Toolbar) stuff you often find bundled within the install packages from some of the sites offering popular software. It's similar to the sort of protection afforded by Malwarebytes Premium (the paid-for one) - real-time protection against PUPs.

    While Microsoft aim PUA protection firmly at the Enterprise environment (and provide Enterprise tools to manage it) it can be enabled on anything, right down to my 10 Home. There's a Tutorial on this....
    Enable or Disable Windows Defender PUA Protection in Windows 10

    ...and starting at post #19 on in that thread I describe my experiences of enabling and testing that it works in Home. I leave it enabled permanently, I've not seen any false detections. Here's some of my test results...


    Windows Defender PUA feature? [​IMG]
     
  8. Windows Defender PUA feature?

    Both are false positives, sort of. EICAR is a test file and ytddownloader works, it is just adware/PUA.
     
    TairikuOkami, Aug 28, 2017
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  9. Bree New Member
    As adware/PUA ytdownloader is a true positive, surely? *Smile
     
  10. The point is, that it is a working legitimate software, just someone has decided to mark as unwanted.
    Malwarebytes has gone crazy with that, it even marks competitive anti-malware products as PUP. *Rolleyes
     
    TairikuOkami, Aug 28, 2017
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  11. Bree New Member
    Depends on your definition of 'legitimate'...

    PUA:Win32/YTDVideoDownload
     
  12. AD-supported software implements/display ADs (like Google/Microsoft), who would have thought. *Biggrin
    The reason, why it is marked as PUP, because it is not malware, it can be easily get rid of/uninstalled.

     
    TairikuOkami, Aug 28, 2017
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  13. eLPuSHeR Win User

    Windows Defender PUA feature?

    In my opinion you only need to activate PUA detection for those people less savy about computers security. It becomes too picky for my taste.
     
    eLPuSHeR, Aug 29, 2017
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  14. I am very cautious about downloading programs and I keep my system patched regularly. In fact, I only have like 2 programs which I need and that's it.

    CNET, Download.com, Softpedia are notoriously are the bad ones here because they tend to bundle all of these toolbars and adware into what's called a stub.
     
    win10freak, Aug 29, 2017
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  15. Softpedia does not bundle anything, I use it as an anti-malware guide. If something is listed there, I trust it.
     
    TairikuOkami, Apr 5, 2018
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