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Microsoft is developing an app to help customers detect and block ransomware that has infected millions of computers around the world, the company announced on Wednesday.
Microsoft’s Windows Defender app has been available for Windows 8 since last fall, but it’s only been tested on Windows 10.
It lets customers scan for ransomware with the same Microsoft-developed app.
The Windows Defender service works with the Windows Defender and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection apps on Windows devices.
It is only for the time being, but Microsoft is preparing an update to the Windows 10 app that will allow users to scan their email for any ransomware that might have infected the system, including ransomware that targets the Windows Update app.
The company said that users can opt to turn off the feature by clicking the settings button in the app.
This will prevent the app from scanning email for malware.
Users can also disable the feature with the command line option, in which case the app will scan the email only for ransomware, but not any other kinds of malicious content, such as ransomware that attempts to install itself onto a user’s computer.
The command line is a bit more complex, but the Windows firewall won’t block it.
The software developer said it is planning to release the update in the coming weeks.
Microsoft said it will be testing this feature on the Windows Insider program, where customers can request a software update.