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Microsoft Launches Windows Defender for Google Chrome

Dave Parrack 19-04-2018

Google Chrome users can now benefit from one of the few advantages Microsoft Edge offers over the competition. This is because Microsoft has released its Windows Defender Browser Protection—which is already a part of Edge—as a Chrome extension.


While Microsoft Edge is a solid browser—and an improvement over Internet Explorer—plenty of Windows users still prefer Chrome. So, rather than leave them out in the cold, Microsoft is offering up its anti-malware technology The Complete Malware Removal Guide Malware is everywhere these days, and eradicating malware from your system is a lengthy process, requiring guidance. If you think your computer is infected, this is the guide you need. Read More to Chrome users.

Microsoft Protects Chrome Users From Malware

Chrome users can grab the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension from the Chrome Web Store. And it essentially means Chrome users will be adding an additional layer of protection over and above that already offered by Google.

The Windows Defender Browser Protection extension works by checking the websites you’re visiting against a list of malicious URLs Microsoft maintains. If you’re heading into danger, the extension will alert you with a red warning screen, and lead you back to safety.

Windows Defender Browser Protection should protect you against phishing attempts by websites designed to trick you into revealing personal information. It should also help you avoid websites known to be hosting malware that you’ll be prompted to download.


Unfortunately, due to the way this extension works, installing it means allowing Microsoft to view your browsing history in realtime. If that bothers you, then steer clear. If you’re OK with Microsoft knowing you watch cat videos all day then go for it.

Is Microsoft Edge Worth Another Look?

This may seem overkill when Google already offers similar protections against malicious websites. However, we already know Microsoft Edge is the best browser at stopping phishing attacks. So it would make sense to add Edge’s capabilities to Chrome.

Even if you don’t install the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension, this could pique your interest about Microsoft Edge. And to help you out we have compiled a list of things Microsoft Edge is good for This Is What Microsoft Edge Is Good For Microsoft Edge is way better than Internet Explorer. It's time to become browser agnostic. We'll show you the unique features that make Edge worth using, even if it's not your main browser. Read More , as well as the biggest problems with Microsoft Edge The 5 Biggest Problems With Microsoft Edge Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, is doomed to fail. We discuss its biggest problems and how Microsoft could turn Edge around. Read More .

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Related topics: Anti-Malware, Google Chrome, Microsoft, Online Security, Phishing, Windows Defender.

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  1. Alex
    April 20, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Defender of spyware? Because that move by MS is too good to be true