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Introduction

Windows Defender provides the system with a good standard protection in all the Windows versions it is natively available with.

In addition to the base protection against viruses and malware in general, Windows Defender also incorporates a protection system by the equally widespread and annoying adware; however, this feature is not active by default and requires a modification in the Registry of the operating system to be available and active and increase the level of protection and security of the PC.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended to do a full backup copy of the system registry before editing.

Be extremely careful and pay attention: any kind of Registry editing mistake can compromise the installed applications as well as Windows itself, thus making it necessary to reinstall application or the operating system.

Microsoft cannot guarantee any solution to problems due to wrong use of the Windows registry editor. Any change executed on the operating system registry is the full user's responsibility.

Activating Anti-Adware Protection

To activate the anti-adware protection feature in Windows Defender

  1. press Win + R, type regedit and hit ENTER to run the system registry editor; alternatively, press Win + C, click Find, type regedit.exe and click the Registry Editor icon; 
  2. confirm the wish to open the registry editor against the (possible) security question posed by the Windows User Account Control;
  3. locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows Defender \ MpEngine key. If the MpEngine folder is not present, right-click on the Windows Defender folder and select New -> Key to create it and assign the name to it;
  4. click on the newly created MpEngine key, then right-click in the right part of the window, create a new 32-bit DWORD value (even if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows), set its name to MpEnablePus and set its value to 1
  5. close the registry editor and restart the system for the change to take effect.

After restarting, applications downloaded with abnormal behavior will be blocked; the same operation will happen during the installation if the software behaves abnormally.


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