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Microsoft to Start Blocking Potentially Unwanted Apps on Windows 10 by Default
#1          Microsoft to Start Blocking Potentially Unwanted Apps on Windows 10 by Default
Security feature to be enabled by default on Windows 10
Aug 3, 2021 13:04 GMT  ·  By Bogdan Popa      The Potentially Unwanted App blocking feature that Microsoft has officially added in Windows 10 May 2020 Update will now be enabled by default on all Windows 10 devices, the Redmond-based software giant has announced.

In other words, any device running at least the May 2020 Update (version 21H1 is also included) will automatically block Potentially Unwanted Apps without any user input. Previously, users had to manually activate this feature on their devices.

The company explains that the change would come into effect in early August, so in theory, we’re only a few days away from the moment the switch would be turned to the on position.

“In the Windows 10 May 2020 Update we added Potentially Unwanted App blocking for everyone running Windows 10, but customers who wanted to use it still had to turn it on,” Microsoft explains.

“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. If you’d like to turn it off, or back on, for any reason you can do so by going to the Windows Security app > App & browser control > Reputation-based protection.”

Change coming into effect in early August
Without a doubt, this is a welcome change for the average Joe who needs support to keep their devices protected, but on the other hand, worth knowing is the PUA blocker isn’t necessarily supposed to prevent malware infections in the first place.

This is because a Potentially Unwanted App is a different kind of harmful software, as Microsoft itself explains.

“Potentially unwanted applications (PUA) are a category of software that can cause your device to run slowly, display unexpected ads, or at worst, install other software which may be more harmful or annoying. PUA isn’t malware, but it is software that you often don’t need and probably don’t want,” it says.

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