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Microsoft protects Defender from tampering

Microsoft protects Defender from tampering

Microsoft arms its Defender ATP protection against malware that tries to disable the antivirus software. Administrators will be able to enable the new defense function for the entire organization.

Microsoft is rolling out a new feature to make Defender Advanced Threath Protection (ATP) security software immune to malware sabotage. The feature is called Tamper protection and provides additional protection for a popular attack technique. In the first instance, malware focuses on a system’s protective antivirus software. By first disabling it, a virus is then given free rein.

Microsoft is currently testing the protection in a preview. She now comes first to professional installations of Windows 10. There, an administrator can activate them via the Intune console for all managed systems. The users themselves cannot enable or disable the function via the settings. In this way, Microsoft immediately prevents someone with bad intentions from circumventing the security. Consumers will eventually receive the same protection in their version of Defender. They can, of course, use sabotage prevention themselves.


Within Defender ATP, the new piece of security also protects other aspects of the security suite, such as cloud-based detection and downloaded updates. Tampa protection builds on the Sandbox capabilities of Defender that Microsoft introduced earlier. They allow the antivirus program to run in a secure container.

Whether and when the protection comes to Defender for macOS-is not clear. It is probably Microsoft’s intention to align the two products as much as possible. Microsoft recently announced that Defender is making the leap to the competition’s laptops. As a result, Redmond immediately changed the name of its security product from Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender.

Related: Microsoft will defend iMacs and MacBooks with Defender

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