The hunt for malware is a constant for antivirus. To protect the user a little more, the Microsoft Windows Defender antivirus will now fight against scareware, these threatening and anxiety-provoking software that aims to force you to pay.

The new update of Windows Defender brings new, with types of malware that can now be eradicated, in this case the “scarewares”, these slightly anxious software that try to sell you a service by force by multiplying the messages worrying.

Microsoft improves its Windows Defender antivirus

Not only are the publishers of these programs for sale not very interesting, but they are mainly trying to suggest in an alarming and often false way, through large sentences of the ” Virus Alert ” or ” Attention ” style. your computer contains several extremely dangerous malware! “.

Some more naive users could be easily fooled, especially since these scarewares offer a free scan, with more than doubtful results. Microsoft has decided to identify this type of malware, based on several criteria.

Fight against scareware, these programs that try to scare you

These can be classified into three broad categories, the first to see how software reports errors. If it turns out that the answer is too excessive and that it incites to download a file or to scan the computer, Windows Defender risks well to put the software at the door.

Ditto if the software indicates a delay to solve the problem and to repair the so-called errors, or when it affirms that there is no other way than the service that it proposes to eradicate the identified problems. In these three types of cases, Microsoft will consider that it is an ” unwanted software ” and therefore a scareware.

This is a new feature that will definitely enhance the user experience. And good news, this update will be operational on March 1, 2018 on Windows Defender preinstalled on all Windows 10 systems.