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    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge

    How to Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    03 Mar 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10


    Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

    Windows Defender Application Guard (Application Guard) is designed to help prevent old and newly emerging attacks to help keep users or employees productive. Using Microsoft's unique hardware isolation approach, Microsoft's goal is to destroy the playbook that attackers use by making current attack methods obsolete.

    Designed for Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge, Application Guard helps to isolate enterprise-defined untrusted sites, protecting you or your company while browsing the Internet. As an administrator, you define what is among trusted web sites, cloud resources, and internal networks. Everything not on your list is considered untrusted.

    If a user goes to an untrusted site through either Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge opens the site in an isolated Hyper-V-enabled container, which is separate from the host operating system. This container isolation means that if the untrusted site turns out to be malicious, the host PC is protected, and the attacker can't get to your data. For example, this approach makes the isolated container anonymous, so an attacker can't get to your user's credentials.

    Microsoft Edge running in Application Guard provides enterprises the maximum level of protection from malware and zero day attacks against Windows. Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge is a lightweight virtual machine that helps isolate potentially malicious website activity from reaching your operating systems, apps, and data.

    There is no persistence of any cookies or local storage when an Application Guard window is closed in Microsoft Edge.

    Three core features of Windows Defender Application Guard:
    • Isolated Browsing - Windows Defender Application Guard uses the latest virtualization technology to help protect your operating system by creating an isolated environment for your Microsoft Edge session.
    • Help Safeguard your PC - Windows Defender Application Guard starts up every time you visit a non-work-related site to help keep potentially malicious attacks away from your PC.
    • Malware Removal - Any websites you visit, files you download, or settings you change while in this isolated environment are deleted when you sign out of Windows, wiping out any potential malware.

    Starting with Windows 10 Enterprise build 16232, Microsoft added support for Microsoft Edge data persistence while using Application Guard. Once enabled, data such as your favorites, cookies, and saved passwords will be persisted across Application Guard sessions. The persisted data will be not be shared or surfaced on the host, but it will be available for future Microsoft Edge in Application Guard sessions.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, Windows Defender Application Guard will now be available in the Windows 10 Pro edition.

    This tutorial will show you how to open a new Windows Defender Application Guard window in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise.

    Windows Defender Application Guard will need to be turned on for users on the PC to be able to open a new Application Guard window in Microsoft Edge.



    VIDEO: Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge





    Here's How:

    1 Open Microsoft Edge.

    2 Either press the Ctrl + Shift + A keys or click/tap on the Settings and more (3 dots) menu button and click/tap on New Application Guard window. (see screenshot below)

    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge-microsoft_edge_new_application_guard_window-1.png

    3 You may see the following splash screen after which a new instance of Edge will open with Windows Defender Application Guard enabled. (see screenshot below)

    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge-wdag_splash_screen.png

    4 A new Microsoft Edge Application Guard window will open. You’re ready to enter any website address in the address bar to visit and that session will be isolated in Application Guard. (see screenshot below)

    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge-microsoft_edge_new_application_guard_window-2.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 5,255
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #1

    How do I store a shortcut to a banking site so it opens by default in an Application Guard Window e.g. using a command switch?
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 24,293
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #2

    This app from the store can also be pinned to taskbar or start to open WDAG, and it opens it instantly: Get Windows Defender Application Guard Companion - Microsoft Store

    Description

    Windows Defender Application Guard helps protect your device from advanced attacks by opening untrusted websites in an isolated Microsoft Edge browsing window. Using a unique hardware-based isolation approach, Application Guard opens untrusted websites inside a lightweight container that is separated from the operating system via Hyper-V virtualization technology. If an untrusted website turns out to be malicious, it remains within Application Guard's secure container, keeping the device and your device data protected. This companion to the browser extension ensures that untrusted sites open securely inside Application Guard's isolated environment.

    This companion app enables browsers other than Microsoft Edge to work with Windows Defender Application Guard.
    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge-image.png
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  3. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 24,293
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #3

    Something I just noticed:

    With WDAG turned on, you lose Hibernate and Fast Start-Up.

    I noticed the shutdown options missing, and thought it was because of the repair install, so tried turning on hibernate and hibernate reduced, and got these:
    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge-image.png

    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge-image-002.png
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #4

    @Cliff S,

    Interesting. I have Windows Defender Application Guard enabled and can still enable/disable fast startup and hibernate.

    Could this be from sandbox or something else instead?
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  5. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #5

    Brink said:
    @Cliff S,

    Interesting. I have Windows Defender Application Guard enabled and can still enable/disable fast startup and hibernate.

    Could this be from sandbox or something else instead?
    I don't have sandbox yet.
    I don't know what's up.
    I'll need to mess round and see tomorrow.
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  6. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #6

    I think I found the culprit.
    Open New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge-image.png

    It looks like I accidentally turned on Guarded Host(what ever it's for).
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,729
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #7
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  8. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 24,293
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #8

    Edge Canary can also open it's own Application Guard when one is on the May 2019 update(and higher) I just checked,
    The will not show up on 1809.

    Microsoft Edge Application Guard
    Enables Microsoft Edge Application Guard feature which allows browsing inside a container if the OS support for Isolated Browsing is enabled. – Windows

    #edge-application-guard

    Notice blue appguard circle in right hand corner
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Great addition.
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