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Windows 10 will start blocking potentially unwanted software by default

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Microsoft has enabled Windows Defender Potentially Unwanted Apps (PUA) protection in the Windows 10 operating system. According to Microsoft, potentially unwanted applications “can cause your device to run slowly, display unwanted ads, or, in the worst case, install other software that may be more dangerous or annoying. " Such programs are not malicious, but they are usually unnecessary.

The company introduced support for PUA blocking in Windows 10 in 2018, but users had to enable this feature using PowerShell. The ability to enable or configure protection in Windows Security was introduced in the May 2020 Security Update for Windows 10.

Potentially unwanted app protection has been enabled by default since August 2021, but only for Windows 10 users who are using Windows Defender and not a third-party security solution.

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