Enhance Windows 10 security with Exploit Protection

Enhance Windows 10 security with Exploit Protection

Exploit protection is integrated in Windows 10 to help protect your device against attacks. Exploit protection is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard.

Exploit protection helps to protect equipment from malicious software that exploit them to spread. It contains several mitigation measures that can be applied at the operating system level or at the individual application level.

You configure these settings with Windows Defender Security Center on an individual machine, then export the configuration as an XML file as a backup and you can deploy to other machines.

Activate Windows 10 Exploit Protection

Until Microsoft implements a full security system, starting with Insider Build 16232, you can enable Exploit Protection in Windows Defender Security Center by selecting App & browser control .

Scroll down to the next page and click Exploit protection settings .

On the next page, you will have access to 2 categories: System settings and Program settings. Under the System settings section, you can enable or disable various security settings. By default, all of these settings are enabled. However, if you want to change certain settings, you will receive a UAC validation message.

Under Program settings, you can customize security settings for each app. You can add a custom application that you want to secure or select installed applications by viewing the executable from the list. When you add an app, it appears in the list, then you can customize options or remove it from the list.

Add programs to customize in Program Settings

1. Open Windows Security and click the App & browser control icon.

2. Click the Exploit protection settings link at the bottom.

3. Click Program settings in Exploit protection , click Add program to customize + button and choose Choose exact file path .

Click the Add program to customize + button

4. Navigate to and select the .exe file (eg “notepad.exe”) you want to add and click Open.

Select and open the .exe file

5. Now, you can go to step 5 in part 4 below to customize the program settings for this .exe file (eg “notepad.exe”).

Delete the program in Program Settings

1. Open Windows Security and click App & browser control .

2. Click the Exploit protection settings link .

3. Click Program settings under Exploit protection .

4. Click on the program listed (eg “excel.exe”) you want to remove and click the Remove button .

Click the Remove button to remove

5. Click Yes when prompted for approval by UAC.

6. When done, you can close Windows Security if you want.

Customize Program Settings

1. Open Windows Security and click the App & browser control icon.

2. Click the Exploit protection settings link at the bottom.

3. Click Program settings under Exploit protection .

4. Click a listed program (eg “excel.exe”) for which you want to customize the installation and click the Edit button .

Click the Edit button to edit

5. Edit the program settings the way you want and click the Apply button at the bottom when done.

Click the Apply button at the bottom when done

Note: Any changes will require you to restart the program if it is currently open.

6. Click Yes when prompted for approval by UAC.

7. When done, you can close Windows Security if you want.

See more:

  • How to enable Tamper Protection for Windows Security on Windows 10
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