Microsoft Edge gets new options to block malicious applications

Microsoft Edge is getting a new feature that prevents you from installing unwanted applications while browsing the web, according to on-media onOnMSFT. This feature is currently available in the Microsoft Edge Insider build, but is currently “opt-in.” Eric Lawrence of the Edge team explained on Twitter that the new feature is being used to complement the existing Microsoft Defender Smartscreen technology, which protects Edge users from malicious websites and downloads.

Microsoft Edge gets new options to block malicious applications

“Given that a utility application can also be bundled into an encrypted miner or notify spammer, the features shown here are further developed by selectively blocking downloads that contain potentially harmful code that is not technically malware,” Lawrence explains. “

Microsoft Edge gets new options to block malicious applications

If users are running The Canary, Dev, or Beta version of Edge on a PC or Mac, you can find this new setting in Settings, Privacy, and Services to block potentially harmful applications. While it’s not clear when it will be rolled out to a stable version of Microsoft Edge, this seems to be a useful addition to Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser.