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Your Microsoft Defender Is Getting a Small (but Powerful) Upgrade

It can now prevent vulnerable drivers from installing themselves on your system.

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Microsoft is keen to make Defender the best solution for Windows users and to help with that, it’s getting a small-yet-mighty update to its services. The company has silently rolled out a new feature that allows Microsoft Defender to stop vulnerable drivers from doing harm to your computer.

Microsoft Defender’s New Driver Blocking Feature

David Weston, the vice president of OS Security and Enterprise for Microsoft, shared the new feature on his Twitter page. In the tweet, you can see the new options in the Windows setting menu.

The new feature is called the “Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist” and it’s the tech giant’s way of protecting people from bad drivers. As per the screenshot, the feature also comes with an on and off switch, so you can get rid of it if need be.

Why Is Microsoft Targeting Drivers?

It may seem odd that Microsoft is adding this new driver-focused feature. After all, what damage can a driver do? All they are are the little files you download when you buy new hardware.

Unfortunately, some drivers have nasty vulnerabilities in them. And in the wrong hands, these flaws can allow hackers to do damage to people’s computers or systems.

It’s easy to assume that this only happens in the hands of unskilled or smaller companies, but in truth, vulnerable drivers can come from anywhere. Back in January 2021, NVIDIA rolled out patches for some severe driver exploits, which allows hackers to perform denial of service attacks among other things.

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As such, with this new feature, Microsoft aims to keep Windows users safe from potential driver exploits. Let’s hope it works well and doesn’t become a pain for its users.

A Safer Windows for All

Microsoft is now adding vulnerable driver blocking to its Defender solution. And given how AV-TEST has given Microsoft Defender some gleaming reviews in the past, we’ll have to see if this feature helps elevate it further.

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