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How to run Microsoft's Windows Defender on Chrome and Firefox



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Microsoft includes Windows Defender protection for Firefox and Chrome.


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Microsoft makes Windows Defender available via add-ons for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome ̵

1; because everyone needs protection.

The company said the goal was to extend its anti-virus technology to other browsers and give customers a way to protect themselves against browser-based attacks.

The extensions automatically redirect inappropriate web pages to the Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge Windows Insider program manager Dona Sokar and senior program manager Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post.

When you visit a website, Windows Defender checks the URL for a list of trusted sites. If it considers the site to be malicious, you will be redirected to an isolated Microsoft Edge session. From there, you can travel to any site that has not been defined as trusted without risk to the rest of your system.

"With our upcoming dynamic switching feature, if the user tries to go to a trusted site while having an isolated Microsoft Edge session, the user returns to the default browser," says Sokar and LeBlanc.

For the Windows Defender Application Guard extension for Chrome and Firefox is just for Windows Insiders with Windows 10 and Pro SKUs at 1803 or later. Microsoft said it will become more widely available "very soon."


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