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The technology giant, Microsoft, has announced a critical update of its Edge browser on Thursday. The update contains a feature that identifies and prevents the download of potentially unwanted applications, such as cryptojackers.
Cryptojackers are bad actors that utilize codes hidden on websites or downloaded on users’ hardware devices such as computers. They then proceed to mine cryptocurrencies using the user’s processing power.
A Microsoft announcement stated that they added this feature after receiving complaints from several users regarding some downloads. The users claim to often get apps with a poor reputation being installed whenever they try to download free software from the internet.
This new feature is currently available on all Edge versions from 80.0.338.0. While the feature is off by default, a user can switch it on under the Privacy and Services settings panel. Microsoft has asserted that it has the goal of aiding users in getting relevant applications. The tech giant intends to enable its users to have control over their devices and app experiences.
These “potentially unwanted applications” cause a slow down in a user’s computer, resulting in excessive fan noise and overheating. Cryptojackers are designed to use a victim’s computing power and electricity to carry out mining tasks without the knowledge of the device owner.