Microsoft Is Making It Harder To Mess With Windows 10’s Built-in Antivirus


In the Spring of 2019, Microsoft will be releasing another big update for Windows 10. You can expect a long list of tweaks and a few brand new features. One of those new features will help keep your computer malware-free.


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That new feature will be added to Windows Defender, the built-in antivirus app that Microsoft ships with Windows 10. It’s an unassuming setting added to the bevy of security options you can toggle on and off.

It’s called tamper protection, and it does what it says. When enabled, it keeps people or programs from messing with your Windows Security settings.

Many third-party antivirus apps have included this functionality for some time. An app can only protect you from malware if it’s firing on all cylinders.

That’s exactly why a lot of malware will try to throw a wrench into the works as soon as it gets onto a computer. If it’s successful, things can quickly go from bad to worse. The same goes for user error. Someone who doesn’t quite know what he or she is clicking on can easily open the door for malware.

Tamper protection is similar to another Windows 10 security feature. Microsoft added Controlled Folder Access to Windows 10 in the summer of 2017. Controlled Folder Access prevents apps from making changes to files in any folder you choose to protect, whether they’re explicitly malicious or just unfamiliar.

These are both serious security features that can make a world of difference for Windows users.

Remember, you won’t find Tamper Protection in your Windows Security settings until the spring update arrives. Once you’ve got the update, turn Tamper Protection on and leave it on.

There may be a few bumps in the road, but if you only install trustworthy apps from reputable sources you may never notice a difference. And that’s a small price to pay if it protects you from a single Trojan attack.

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