Microsoft brings its antivirus protection to Google’s Chrome browser

Microsoft is releasing its Windows Defender antivirus scanner
for Google Chrome this week. The software giant has released a
Chrome extension, that includes a list of malicious URLs that
will be blocked in Chrome. The extension is designed to stop
malware being loaded onto PCs from malicious sites, and to
prevent phishing emails from being successful.

Google already provides its own protections against malicious
links within Chrome, so Microsoft’s addition does seem
superfluous. Microsoft
does claim
that its Windows Defender protection against
phishing is 99 percent efficient, compared to 87 percent and 70
percent for Firefox. So, if you’re particularly concerned about
malicious links then this extension will provide an extra
safeguard. Microsoft’s Windows Defender Chrome extension is

available now from the Chrome Web Store
.

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