The new feature will be introduced within Windows Defender, the free antivirus software “Basic”Of Windows which, in reality, is not so basic: it guarantees more than enough virus protection for most computers and, with the May Update, it will also help us to avoid installing bad apps. For example, apps that are installed by other free apps, or browser plugins that change some default settings. In such cases, the new Windows Defender will intervene to warn us that something is happening that we may not like or that could endanger the operating system and the computer.
The name of this new Windows Defender feature, coming with the Windows 10 May Update, is “Reputation-based Protection“. That protection based on reputation. Defender will draw from a list of badly reputed apps, extensions and plugins to know what to block and what not to block. It will warn us when an app tries to install such software, but also when we do it. Then we can also decide to continue the installation, but at least we will have been warned of the risk.
How to activate Reputation-based Protection
With the May 2020 Update of Windows 10 Reputation-based Protection will be available to everyone, but it will not be activated by default: we will have to do it if we want to. Just go on Settings> Update and security> Windows security> Browser and app control and we will find the new functionality. All we need to do is activate it to make Reputation-based Protection operational and, from that moment on, when Windows Defender intercepts a potentially dangerous app, it will bring up a notification in which it will tell us to be careful what we are installing. All that remains is to wait for the launch of Windows 10 May Update to take advantage of this free feature to protect our computer.