Microsoft will introduce the new security tool, called Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) in Windows 10. This tool will be especially useful for developers, as it will provide their apps with additional security from malicious software.
Antimalware Scan Interface will help the apps to automatically integrate with installed anti-malware software, leaving malware’s chances to ‘escape’ the search to minimal. Modern malware programs are often built to skip security scans, which forces regular security apps to skip them, but with AMSI, all content will be sent for a malware check to the installed antivirus or anti-malware program.
Most antivirus programs include only files which are opened by the user in their scans, so if the malware code is placed on the memory, it won’t be detected by the antivirus software. But AMSI has specific structure which allows users to run file, memory or stream scans, content source URL/IP reputation checks, and other advanced security measurements in order to keep their computers as safe as possible.
Another great thing with Antimalware Scan Interface is that it will also scan communication apps or services, like Facebook Messenger, or Twitter Direct Messages, ensuring that you can chat with your friends without a risk of downloading some unwanted content or software. It will even scan browser’s installed plugins and extensions for completely secure browsing.
Here’s what Lee Holmes, Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft said about the new security tool:
“Microsoft is making that possible through the Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) – a generic interface standard that allows applications and services to integrate with any antimalware product present on a machine. AMSI is currently available through the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and will be fully available when Windows 10 debuts this summer.”
Microsoft especially recommends this tool to app developers who want to make their apps ‘cooperate’ with anti-malware programs, and creators of third-party security software who want their programs to provide the best features for securing apps on user’s computer.