Powerful upgrade to Microsoft Defender v4.18

Microsoft Defender is nominated for best solution for Windows users and to help; it is getting a small but powerful update to its services. The company has quietly introduced a new feature that allows Microsoft Defender to prevent vulnerable drivers from harming your computer.

The new driver-blocking feature of Microsoft Defender

According to David Weston, vice president of Enterprise and Operating System Security at Microsoft, this is a brand new feature. As you can see in the tweet, Windows is adding new settings options.


In order to combat bad drivers, Microsoft has developed a ‘Vulnerable Driver Block list’. The screenshot shows that this feature also comes with an on/off switch, so you can disable it if necessary.

What is the reason Microsoft is targeting drivers?

You may think it strange that Microsoft would focus on driver’s features. I mean, what harm can a driver do? Just a small, downloaded driver’s files come with every new hardware. 

 Unfortunately, some drivers have Dirty weaknesses in them. If in the wrong hands, these weaknesses can be exploited by hackers to damage people’s computers. 

Many people assume that this is a problem only with low-level or unskilled companies, but in reality, weak drivers can come from anywhere and everywhere. Since January 2021, NVIDIA has patched some severe exploits in NVIDIA’s driver operating system, which allow hackers to perform denial of service attacks, among other effects. Don’t forget to check our articles on NVIDIA 4080 release date and hashrate.

 Additionally, Microsoft also aims to protect Windows users from implicit driver exploits with this new feature. We hope that it will work well and is not painful for its users. 

A Safer Windows for All – Microsoft Defender

Added vulnerability drivers blocking is now supported by Microsoft’s Defender application. To be honest, AV-TEST has already earned Microsoft Defender some glowing reviews, so we will have to see if this feature helps elevate it further.

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