How to install Windows Defender Browser Protection

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Windows Defender is the default antivirus software on Windows, but Microsoft has also released Windows Defender Browser Protection extension for Chrome.

The scope of the extension is to provide with better phishing and malware protection from various websites using real-time data from Microsoft.

In today’s article, we’ll show you how to use this extension in the most popular browsers in order to protect your PC.

How to use Windows Defender Browser Protection?

1. Opera

  1. Based on Chromium, extensions from the Chrome Web Store can be installed on Opera as well.
  2. Visit the Windows Defender Browser Protection page on the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Click the Add to Opera button.
  4. Click the Install button.
    install windows defender browser protection
  5. Now click on Yes, install to confirm.
    confirm installation windows defender browser protection

After doing that Windows Defender Browser Protection will be installed.

It’s worth mentioning that Opera has a couple of unique features when it comes to security.

First off, there’s a built-in ad blocker that will block tracking scripts and ads and make your browsing experience faster.

For additional protection, there’s a built-in VPN with unlimited bandwidth.

With this extension installed, Opera should be one of the most secure browsers on the market.

It also comes with various other great ideas and features. Find out more about the browser by clicking the Read more button from below.



Opera is a modern browser, focused on privacy and security. It's also fast which makes it ideal as your default option.

2. Chrome

  1. Visit the Chrome web store page.
    chrome web store windows defender browser protection
  2. Now click Add to Chrome button.

After the extension installs, it’s ready to be used.

3. Firefox

  1. Download Application Guard Extension for Firefox.
    add to firefox windows defender browser protection
  2. Click the Add button to confirm.
    add extension firefox windows defender browser protection
  3. A new tab will now appear. Click on Get it from Microsoft Store.
    get it from Microsoft Store windows defender browser protection
  4. Install the required app.

After doing that, your Firefox browser will be protected.

4. Microsoft Edge

This feature is already available in Microsoft Edge by default and it works as long as Smart Scan feature for your browser is enabled.

To check if it’s enabled, do the following:

  1. Open Windows Security and go to App & browser control section.
    app & browser control
  2. Make sure that SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge is set to Block or Warn.
    smartscreen for Microsoft edge

Windows Defender Browser Protection offers solid protection to your browser, and we hope that you’ll consider using it after reading this article.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows Defender and browser protection

  • Does Windows Defender protect against phishing?

Windows Defender Browser Protection will protect you from all malicious websites, including phishing websites.

  • How do I uninstall Windows Defender browser protection?

You can remove Windows Defender Browser Protection just like any other extension from your web browser.

  • Do I need another antivirus if I have Windows Defender?

You don’t need another antivirus if you have Windows Defender enabled. If you choose to install a third-party antivirus, Windows Defender will get disabled.

  • Does Windows Defender protect against ransomware?

Yes, Windows Defender offers ransomware protection out of the box.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.