Microsoft plans to block users from downloading useless or even harmful applications that users may unknowingly install through their Edge browser. These apps, called spam or adware, are not necessarily malware, but may be toolbars, stuffed with annoying ads or notifications or code bundled with encrypted miners.
Edge uses SmartScreen filters to protect against phishing and malware, but this feature also chooses to block downloads that contain these potentially harmful code.
This new feature appears in the beta version of Microsoft Edge, indicating that it will soon be available in a stable version. However, this feature is not enabled by default, and you need to enable it from the Privacy and Services section of the Edge settings.
Google and Mozilla also offer similar browsing protection for malware and phishing, but Microsoft claims the new Edge feature goes further than Google’s secure browsing service.
Microsoft used to use Microsoft Defender Advanced Protection only to provide this protection to corporate customers, and now it is available to all businesses and consumers through Edge.