Windows Defender PUA Protection

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  1. Posts : 1,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
       #1

    Windows Defender PUA Protection


    Some Reason can't get our 2nd Desktop PC to keep on with Windows Defender Pua Protection, Avast was removed with Wise Uninstaller, rebooted system, used Avast clear in safe mode as additional step, then ran ConfigureDefenderx64 to configure Defender, made sure enabled Pua protection, then restarted, and when i opened that little app today

    Showed Pua Protection disabled still


    Any advice? should i do a repair install on that system? and work my way around the other household systems as they all previously ran Avast, and was uninstalled in similar fashion on each one recently


    Desktop 1 a repair Install might be hard as I got Programs on D Drive, as well as a few on C:\ Drive that is SSD (1 game), Windows, that is all on the SSD, and a few small programs

    D: has Steam games, Firestorm 3rd party viewer for Secondlife, User library folders, and such

    Last time I attempted to restore Macrium system image, some how lost Pro, and ended up back with Home, I do have images saved, but nothing before Avast was reinstalled on advice from another online friend. Or should I just wait til 1909 is released and do a clean install
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  2. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
       #2

    You could use free adware cleaner to detect and remove Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers ... Download AdwCleaner
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  3. Posts : 1,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Oh ok, i'll run one of those on that Desktop tomorrow or later tonight, and hopefully all clean. Previously used Avast Free for like many years, so just still getting used to Defender on the systems
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  4. NMI
    Posts : 970
    Windows 10 Pro, Version 20H2
       #4

    Try Enable or Disable Windows Defender Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) Protection using a REG file

    AdwCleaner is a one-time, on-demand solution; not ongoing protection.
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  5. Posts : 25,054
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    AMDMan2016 said:
    ... ran ConfigureDefenderx64 to configure Defender, made sure enabled Pua protection, then restarted, and when i opened that little app today
    Showed Pua Protection disabled still
    You shouldn't need 3rd-party apps to enable PUA protection. See this tutorial for how to enable it yourself.

    Enable or Disable Windows Defender PUA Protection in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 1,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Ok will try the non 3rd party enable method for Pua Protection, who knows i may have my settings even too high on main system lol

    Settings currently main Desktop
    Settings too high?
    Maybe this Is why my processor heats up to a warm 86C once while trying to do a scan with a few other programs open, I ran it later with all closed, and finished fine, and didn't warm up that bad

    Should I use ConfigureDefenderx64 again when I do my next clean install sometime in future or should I manually enable a few things for Defender?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Windows Defender PUA Protection-main-desktop-defender-settings.png   Windows Defender PUA Protection-defender-settings-2.png   Windows Defender PUA Protection-defender-settings-3.png  
    Last edited by AMDMan2016; 05 Oct 2019 at 18:40.
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  7. Posts : 7,126
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    Bree said:
    You shouldn't need 3rd-party apps to enable PUA protection. See this tutorial for how to enable it yourself.

    Enable or Disable Windows Defender PUA Protection in Windows 10
    That tutorial works for me on all PCs. I run this command in an admin command prompt:
    Set-MpPreference -PUAProtection Enabled
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  8. Posts : 1,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Ok Used that Little 3rd Party app to set all back to Default, Restarted System, Then used Set-Mp Preference to activate Pua Protection, then tested it, and successfully blocked the test file like it's suppose to, Full scan completed before excluding a game as i normally do, Nothing found thankfully, CPU temps max it got to during scan was 84C, so think alot better than 86C-87C

    Sometime in the future will do a full system clean install, perhaps after RL move is completed

    Right now when 1909 Comes out will just do inplace update, as sfc scannow finds no problems nor do any of the Dism commands

    Thank you all that replied, so appreciate the quick responses here and help in solving issues that i always seem to have due to my own dumbness, now hopefully i can leave other antivirus alone, keep Defender active, and i should be fine, and scan with malwarebytes once a week.

    and redo my system image shortly here, even if it may not restore right for me, makes me feel better at least the files are imaged, and can get to them if needed
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  9. Posts : 947
    Win10 Version 21H2 19044.1645
       #9

    I am very satisified with Windows Defender.

    But should not there be a more simple way to enable PUA protection, or should not the protection be automatic (default) ?
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  10. Posts : 25,054
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #10

    pericles said:
    But should not there be a more simple way to enable PUA protection, or should not the protection be automatic (default) ?
    Yes and Yes (IMHO), but try telling Microsoft that. It's the default for their Enterprise customers, that's all
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