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Microsoft has announced today that the Windows 10 Tamper Protection security feature is now officially generally available for the Enterprise and consumers. Along with this announcement, Microsoft will be enabling this security feature on all Windows 10 devices by default. Tamper Protection is a security feature that was introduced in Windows 10 version 1903, otherwise known as the May 2019 Update. When enabled, Tamper Protection prevents Windows Security and Windows Defender settings from being changed by programs, Windows command-line tools, Registry changes, or group policies. Instead, users must modify security settings directly through the Windows 10 user interface or via Microsoft enterprise management software such as Intune. If Tamper Protection is not currently enabled on your Windows 10 device, Microsoft has told BleepingComputer that they will be rolling out this change to all Windows 10 users. It may take a few days, though, before it becomes enabled automatically for everyone. With the Windows Defender becoming a reliable antivirus solution and further security enhancements being added to Windows 10, malware has increasingly made efforts to bypass it. This is done by attempting to turn off or reduce the functionality of Windows Defender through PowerShell commands, group policies, or Registry modifications. With Tamper Protection enabled, though, these attempts to change Windows Defender or Windows Security settings will be ignored or simply reset. As Windows Defender automatically turns on when third-party antivirus software is removed, it is even more important to enable Tamper Protection so that Windows Defender can adequately protect you. Visit OUR FORUM to learn more and get the instructions on activating Windows 10 Tamper Protection.

 

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