Windows Defender Browser Protection is now available for your Chrome browser

Microsoft probably envied the popularity of Chrome, because it has prepared an extension of Windows Defender Browser Protection, which is to encourage the transition to the latest EDGE or at least to use another Microsoft service in competition products. The company from Redmond probably did not do it to warm up its image, but to better use the crushing popularity of Chrome over the rest of this business, including the EDGE browser.

Windows Defender Browser Protection add-on

Windows Defender Browser Protection is actually a Windows Defender SmartScreen module, which is the same that occurs from Internet Exporer 8 to the EDGE browser in Windows 10.

SmartScreen Windows 10

Windows Defender Browser Protection for Chrome

SmartScreen operates at the HTTP and HTTPS protocol level and scans websites for phishing, malware and security of downloaded files. For this purpose, it uses a constantly growing list of reported dangerous sites and sites that spread malicious software, as well as black and white lists of software / installers.

The effectiveness of SmartScreen would be even greater if so many users were using Microsoft's browser as with Chrome. Unfortunately, this is not the case for a US company, which is why Microsoft has taken this first step. After installing the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension in Chrome, any downloaded file will be scanned by a "browser antivirus". Thanks to this, the user will enjoy the effective Microsoft service, and the company from Redmond will expand the database of metadata about downloaded files, installers and blocked websites by another gigabytes.

Windows Defender Browser Protection Chrome

Does the extension of Windows Defender Browser Protection, which uses SmartScreen technology, is just as effective in blocking malicious content and suspicious files as other browsers? Opinions are divided. Some users claim that SmartScreen is "hyperactive" and blocks too many legitimate software. In turn, another group of users false posivite does not consider something bad and is able to accept high protection effectiveness despite false alarms or too many messages.

For Firefox users, the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension will be available soon. So far, the low popularity of Firefox has made this group of recipients not yet worth the effort.

Firefox and Chrome users do not need to envy Microsoft. Their browsers use the same Google Safe Browsing lists.

Firefox Google Safe Browsing

If you are unsure whether your Internet Explorer or EDGE browser has SmartScreen enabled, you can use this guide prepared by Microsoft.

The chart below, which compares EDGE to Chrome and Firefox was taken from the browser test, and carried out by NSS Labs last year . The report shows that EDGE blocked 99% of malicious software, 87% of Chrome, and Mozilla, which uses the Google Safe Browsing API 70%.

NSS Labs comparison of browsers

Much more information about IE, EDGE and Chrome security is available at this link .

Promotional materials about Windows Defender Browser Protection are available on this page .

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