How to Configure the Most Secure Settings for Microsoft Defender

This article is entirely written by Bing AI client integrated in Skype.   Q: write an article describing most secure settings of Microsoft Defender A: Microsoft Defender is a comprehensive security solution that protects your Windows devices from various threats, such as malware, ransomware, phishing, and more. Microsoft Defender includes several features and settings that you can customize to enhance your security and privacy. In this article, we will show you how to configure the most secure settings for Microsoft Defender, based on the recommendations from Microsoft and other sources.   Enable Real-Time Protection and Cloud-Delivered Protection Real-time protection is a feature that scans your files and programs in real-time and blocks any malicious activity. Cloud-delivered protection is a feature that uses Microsoft’s cloud-based intelligence to detect and respond to new and emerging threats. To enable these features, follow these steps: • Open Windows Security by selecting Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security or by clicking the shield icon in the taskbar. • Select Virus & threat protection. • Under Virus & threat protection settings, select Manage settings. • Turn on the following options: Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, Automatic sample submission, and Tamper protection  …

Microsoft takes on Potentially Unwanted Applications

Starting March 1, 2018, Windows Defender Antivirus and other Microsoft security products will classify programs that display coercive messages as unwanted software, which will be detected and removed. If you’re a software developer and want to validate the detection of your programs, visit the Windows Defender Security Intelligence portal.   Unwanted software Identifying and analyzing unwanted software is a complex challenge. New forms of unwanted software are constantly under development. The same technology that can make software unwanted also appears in software that you want to keep and use (such as antivirus or antimalware software). It’s not always possible to automatically determine whether a program is something you want to keep or something you want to remove.   Evaluation criteria Microsoft researchers use the following categories to determine whether to add a program to the definition library, and what classification type, risk level, and recommendation to give it: Unwanted behavior: The software runs unwanted processes or programs on your PC, does not display adequate disclosures about its behavior or obtain adequate consent, prevents you from controlling its actions while it runs on your computer, prevents you from uninstalling or removing the program, prevents you from viewing or modifying browser features or settings, makes misleading or inaccurate claims…

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Microsoft Defender and dangerous alert levels

Description: This program changes various computer settings. Advice: This software is typically benign when it runs on your computer, unless it was installed without your knowledge. If you’re not sure whether to permit it, review the alert details or check if you recognize and trust the publisher of the software. Category: Tool       Clicking on the link in the dialog gets you here where it is explained that it is actually a Research Tool.   Research Tool:Win32/EICAR_Test_File Tool:Win32/EICAR_Test_File (?) Encyclopedia entry Published: Mar 08, 2007 Aliases Not available Alert Level (?) Severe Antimalware protection details Microsoft recommends that you download the latest definitions to get protected. Detection initially created: Definition: Released: Oct 07, 2008 Summary This potentially unwanted software is detected by the Microsoft antispyware engine. Technical details are not currently available.  

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