Download Windows Defender Application Guard on Chrome and Firefox

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Microsoft released a new Windows Defender Application Guard extension for Chrome and Firefox. It helps users to protect the host PCs from malicious websites and hackers’ attacks.

The new extension works just like the Microsoft Edge extension. Simply enter a URL from any website you are not sure whether it is safe for your PC or not.

The extension automatically checks whether the website is trusted or not. If the website is trusted, then it will open in standard settings.

If you are navigating a harmful website, then your browser warns you to quit it otherwise it might install malware code on your PC.

Microsoft explains:

The extension relies on a native application that we’ve built to support the communication between the browser and the device’s Application Guard settings.

But if the website is untrusted, and you still want to open in, the extension will open it in a sandboxed environment.

Sandbox is a highly controlled security system. It is used to test unverified programs which contain harmful data.

It will scan the untrusted websites or programs and automatically redirects users to Windows Application Guard and open the respective website in sandbox thus protecting the PC.

In the isolated Microsoft Edge session, the user can freely navigate to any site that has not been explicitly defined as trusted by their organization without any risk to the rest of system. With our upcoming dynamic switching capability, if the user tries to go to a trusted site while in an isolated Microsoft Edge session, the user is taken back to the default browser.

In order to use this application, users should install the browser specific extension and two companion applications.

For the time being, the extension is currently available for Insiders only. Microsoft is expected to release the extension to the general public in the coming months.

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