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Microsoft Windows Defender Fights Phishing on Google Chrome Browser

April 19, 2018 / Pedro Hernandez

Microsoft is bringing the technology it uses to keep Edge users safe to a rival browser. Available now in the Chrome Web Store, the new Windows Defender Browser Protection extension for Google Chrome monitors web pages to help users avoid phishing schemes and socially-engineered attempts to lure them to malware-tainted sites. The product borrows its name from Windows Defender, the anti-malware software that is included with Windows desktop operating systems. "If you click a malicious link in an email or navigate to a site designed to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information, or a website that hosts malware, Windows Defender Browser Protection will check it against a constantly updated list of malicious URLs known to Microsoft," states the extension's product description. Should a user click on a link that appears on that list, the extension will show a red warning screen with a button that leads back to safety