Windows Defender To Defend You Against Scareware

I’m pretty sure that we’ve all seen programs that claim any of the following:

  • You have out of date drivers
  • You have thousands of registry errors
  • You’re infected with viruses.

And said program will claim to fix all of that for a tidy sum of cash. Now, these programs  are called “scareware” because they are meant to scare you into handing over your hard earned money to a bunch of lying scumbags. These sorts of apps are a problem. And Microsoft is going to solve that problem via an update to Windows Defender:

Starting March 1, 2018Windows 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.

So if you’re in the business of trying to fleece people of their cash using scareware, your days are numbered if Microsoft has its way. I for one will be interested to see how this will work when it finally rolls out. As well as if it can help to protect users from dodgy software.


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