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I just 'discovered' the Windows Tamper Protection feature (better late than never), which is turned off on my Windows 10 PC.

The discussion at https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/tamper-protection-is-turned-off-whats-it-mean-and-why-is-it-off.3505968/ suggests that it is OK to turn it on (and the implication is that it probably should be turned on), right?

Sorry if this has been discussed before (I did a search but couldn't find a relevant discussion).

Thank you.

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It's all very well for Microsoft to say that, although my understanding is that Malwarebytes isn't just an "antivirus app", as explained in the article at https://www.howtogeek.com/225385/what’s-the-best-antivirus-for-windows-10-is-windows-defender-good-enough/, for example.

I suppose I was looking for official reassurance from Malwarebytes, which you appear to have provided, thank you 🙂

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Tamper Protection is part of Windows Defender and the original article I provided you from Microsoft explains what it is and what it does.

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/prevent-changes-to-security-settings-with-tamper-protection

Overview

During some kinds of cyber attacks, bad actors try to disable security features, such as anti-virus protection, on your machines. They do this to get easier access to your data, to install malware, or to otherwise exploit your data, identity, and devices. Tamper Protection helps prevent this from occurring.

With Tamper Protection, malicious apps are prevented from taking actions like these:

  • Disabling virus and threat protection
  • Disabling real-time protection
  • Turning off behavior monitoring
  • Disabling antivirus (such as IOfficeAntivirus (IOAV))
  • Disabling cloud-delivered protection
  • Removing security intelligence updates

How it works

Tamper Protection essentially locks Microsoft Defender and prevents your security settings from being changed through apps and methods like these:

  • Configuring settings in Registry Editor on your Windows machine
  • Changing settings through PowerShell cmdlets
  • Editing or removing security settings through group policies
  • and so on.

Tamper Protection doesn't prevent you from viewing your security settings. And, Tamper Protection doesn't affect how third-party antivirus apps register with the Windows Security app. If your organization is using Windows 10 Enterprise E5, individual users can't change the Tamper Protection setting; this is managed by your security team.

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