To reduce annoying pop-ups and a better browsing experience, Microsoft Edge, a Microsoft-developed web browser, is rolling out an update that will prevent potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) from being downloaded. PUAs (commonly known as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs) are classified as grayware – which are not considered malware, but can cause irritation. PUAs can also perform unwanted activities, such as tracking your behavior online or sending you a barrage of pop-up windows.
According to a blog post, the new feature is running as a part of Microsoft Edge 80.0.338.0 version and the company was working on it from September 2019. However, the user still has to turn on this feature manually, as the company has not made it a default feature. The option is available in the Privacy and Services section of Edge’s settings.
Here’s how you can turn this feature on:
Tap the icon… to open the setting.
Choose the Privacy and Services tab.
Then, scroll down to Services, and block potentially unwanted applications.
The Redmond-based company said, “Our goal is to empower users to maintain control over their devices and experiences, as well as help them get the apps they want.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft on Thursday began rolling out the Chromium-based Edge browser for Windows 10 users. The company said in a blog post that the browser would eventually make its way to everyone using the platform – except for enterprise and education users.