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How to activate the new Microsoft Edge crapware lock

How to activate the new Microsoft Edge crapware lock

Microsoft Edge has a new crapware blocker, but it is not enabled by default. It is now available to all users Chrome-based Edge browser with the stable version of Edge 80 on February 7, 2020.

«Potentially unwanted applications» are crapware

This browser feature blocks «potentially unwanted applications», also known as «potentially unwanted programs». PUPs include unpleasant functions such as adware, trackers, browser toolbars, cryptocurrency miners and other unwanted items that you probably don’t want on your computer. PUPs have been called «malware with a legal team». Give permission to install this garbage when you click on the license agreement, so technically it is not malware.

Microsoft will not block crapware downloads by default in Microsoft Edge, so you need to know it exists and go to Settings to find it. There is a quick change that will force Edge to block this garbage. It works similarly to the hidden option that causes Windows Defender to block crapware on the desktop.

Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers already block potentially dangerous downloads, but this option makes Edge go even further and block some PUAs that it would normally allow.

How to block potentially unwanted programs in Edge

To enable crapware blocking in the new Microsoft Edge, click Menu> Settings.

Open settings in Microsoft Edge.

Click the «Privacy and Services» option in the left pane.

Select privacy and service settings from your Chromium-based Edge browser.

Scroll down to the end of the list here. In Services, enable the «Block potentially unwanted applications» option.

(If you don’t see this option, you haven’t upgraded to Microsoft Edge 80 yet. To see what version of the new Microsoft Edge you have, click Menu> Help and Feedback> About Microsoft Edge.)

Enable Microsoft Edge Junkware Blocker

You can now close the Settings page. Microsoft Edge will be more aggressive in blocking downloads that contain potentially nasty software.