Microsoft to beef up Windows 10 antivirus to catch up with rivals

Isaac Cain
June 27, 2017

Microsoft also plans to bake more predictive capabilities into the service when it updates Defender ATP with the Fall Creators Update.

The Wannacry attack was so serious it prompted Microsoft to make the unprecedented move of including the outdated Windows XP operating system, which first launched nearly 16 years ago, as part of its Patch Tuesday round of security updates. That changes today as the company is announcing a couple of new security enhancements for the platform that will arrive this fall when the new update starts shipping.

In addition to the above security improvements, Microsoft is also using cloud intelligence to provide better protection for users of Windows Defender Antivirus. Microsoft had also announced at Build 2017 about the brand new design language for Windows 10 called the "Microsoft Fluent Design System". The former is essentially an update to the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), while the latter isolates accidentally downloaded malicious software from your devices, apps, data, and network.

Past year at Ignite, Microsoft announced Windows Defender Application Guard and the feature was expected to arrive with Redstone 2. The new feature, along with Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows Defender Device Guard will bring a full range of security features natively to Windows all in one place.

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Microsoft is pitching that they are including all these new security features out of the box without the need to install third-party applications or agents. After announcing it would discontinue supporting EMET in 2018 because Windows 10 was so secure, Microsoft has made a decision to build EMET into the Windows 10 core, extend it, and call call this feature Windows Defender Exploit Guard.

The keys are removed from public versions of Windows to prevent users from gaining information about Microsoft's personal source code. But it's not clear if they're accused of the data breach that led to this specific set of leaks.

Microsoft itself confirmed that the files contain part of the Shared Source Kit, a restricted-access package containing (among other items) source code for the Windows components that handle Wi-Fi, USB, and the plug-and-play system.

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