Windows 10: Windows Defender Exploit Protection problem Solved

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  1.    14 Mar 2018 #1

    Windows Defender Exploit Protection problem


    Hi guys,

    For some strange reason my System settings tab is not there in my Exploit Protection settings, only Program settings is visible. Any suggestions on what is happening?
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  2.    14 Mar 2018 #2

    That's strange! What version of Windows are you running? Current version is 1709(OS build 16299.309 as of Mar.13,2018
    Also what version of Defender do you have? The latest definition of Defender 1.263.562.0
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       14 Mar 2018 #3

    Stitch194 said: View Post
    That's strange! What version of Windows are you running? Current version is 1709(OS build 16299.309
    It's probably more pertinent to ask what processor you have. None of my machines have the System tab either. I'm guessing that older CPUs don't support all the functions required. Support for virtualisation (which mine don't have) would seem to be a key one...

    For example, hardware that includes CPU virtualization extensions and SLAT will be hardened against malware that attempts to gain access to the kernel...
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...r-device-guard
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  4.    15 Mar 2018 #4

    Windows version 1709 os build 16299.309 cpu intel i7 4790k

    I remember when Exploit Protection was first introduced onto my pc via the Windows updates process that I had the System settings tab because I turned everything off for fear of conflict with Malwarebytes Anti Exploit, but I've since heard that Malwarebytes Anti Exploit works with Windows Exploit Protection if Microsoft's default settings are used. It was when I went to re-enable the WEP default settings that I noticed that the System settings had vanished.
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       15 Mar 2018 #5

    templar said: View Post
    ...cpu intel i7 4790k...
    Well, that should be new enough. It's possible that virtualization has been turned off in the bios, worth checking.

    This section describes how to identify hardware virtualization extensions and enable them in your BIOS if they are disabled.
    The Intel VT extensions can be disabled in the BIOS...
    https://docs-old.fedoraproject.org/e...s_in_BIOS.html
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  6.    15 Mar 2018 #6

    Okay, cheers Bree.:)
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  7.    20 Mar 2018 #7

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       20 Mar 2018 #8

    Thanks Ita1. Link to Tweet: Mark Wodrich on Twitter:
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  9.    20 Mar 2018 #9

    my pleasure :)
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       21 Mar 2018 #10

    templar said: View Post
    For some strange reason my System settings tab is not there in my Exploit Protection settings, only Program settings is visible....
    I've had a closer look at this....
    ...and you know what? It is there, hiding in plain sight!

    The 'Use strict CFG' and the others in your screenshot are the System settings page! What's missing it the correct text for the tab labels and other parts of the screen. Looks like a pointer used to index the table of text strings for the app is out by about three places.

    It shouldn't say 'Program settings' at the top, that's supposed to be the label for the second tab, which instead has the text 'Use default (<On/Off>)' - just click on it and you'll find the programs! The first tab should be labelled 'System settings' but instead says 'On by default'. The Title at the top should actually say 'Exploit protection'.

    Compare what you see with the screenshots in the tutorial and you'll see what I mean, everything is there - it's just that everything has got the wrong name.
    Change Windows Defender Exploit Protection Settings in Windows 10

    (you really couldn't make this stuff up)

    I'm not risking changing anything until I can trust that it's correctly labelled - who knows what I might actually be turning on/off?
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