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How to block unwanted app downloads on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge can now block potentially harmful apps from downloading on your device – Here's how to enable the feature.

Microsoft Edge Chromium block potentially unwanted apps downloads

Although the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge already ships with the “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen” feature to prevent malicious websites and downloads from hijacking your device, Microsoft is now introducing (via The Verge) a new feature to block unwanted apps from downloading using the browser.

The security feature has been designed to block unwanted apps that are not necessarily malware, such as toolbars, adware, crypto miner apps, and notification spammers.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable the feature to block potential harmful apps from downloading with the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

How to prevent unwanted apps from downloading on Microsoft Edge

To block potential harmful app downloads on Microsoft Edge Chromium, use these steps:

Important: This is a feature is currently available in the latest beta release of Microsoft Edge, and it’s expected to arrive to the stable version in future updates.
  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the Settings and More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.

  3. Click on Settings.

  4. Click on Privacy and services.

  5. Under the “Services” section, turn on the Block potentially unwanted apps toggle switch.

    Microsoft Edge block potentially unwanted apps option
    Microsoft Edge block potentially unwanted apps option

Once you complete the steps, Microsoft Edge will block downloads for apps known to have low reputation, which may cause unexpected behaviors on your Windows 10 device.