Microsoft Has Made Unwanted Apps Protection Option Available in Edge Beta

If you are following Winaero, you may remember that Microsoft Edge Chromium can check files you download against the list of potentially unwanted apps. The feature was first introduced in Edge Canary, and now it is available in Beta. The company will bring it to the stable version of Edge soon.


Potential Unwanted Application (PUA) usually refers to unwanted application bundlers or their bundled applications. These applications can increase the risk of your device being infected with malware, and can waste your time cleaning up the applications. Typical examples of behavior that is considered unwanted include ad-injection, many types of software bundling, and persistent solicitation for payment for services based on fraudulent claims.

Windows Defender comes with built-in protection against such apps.

In Edge, you can turn on the option Block potentially unwanted apps under Menu > Settings > Privacy and services.

Microsoft Edge Block PUA

As of now, this feature is made its first appearance in beta builds of Microsoft Edge, which gives us an idea that it will added to the stable version soon.

Check out the following article:

How To Block Potentially Unwanted Apps For Downloads in Microsoft Edge

Edge 79 Stable Wallpaper

Microsoft recently released the first stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium to the public. Surprisingly, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium.

Interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.

Actual Edge versions

The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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