Windows 10 web browser helps detect malicious websites, downloads

The built-in web browser on Windows 10 operating systems features a tool to defend against malicious websites, apps and other downloaded files created that target PCs, writes The New York Times' 'Tech Tips' columnist J.D. Biersdorfer.

The optional tool, called the Windows Defender SmartScreen, allows users to select various levels of protection. The tool, for example, can block a user from accessing potentially dangerous software or deliver alerts when a user has reached a potentially threatening website, according to Mr. Biersdorfer.

Earlier versions of Windows have a similar filtering system for the Internet Explorer web browser, which warns users prior to accessing potentially malicious files. Google Chrome also offers malware warnings when users visit unsafe sites.

Click here to read The New York Times' full instructions for Microsoft Edge's malware detection service.

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