• Windows 11 has a silent feature that you can’t undo

    PUBLIC DEFENDER

    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    The latest version of Microsoft’s much-maligned Windows 11 silently runs in the background a new security app that could possibly protect you from downloading a virus, ransomware, or other hobgoblins.

    What’s the catch? You can run this new capability only on a fresh copy of Win11 Update 22H2 (otherwise known as Win11 Version 2022, released on September 9, 2022). If the feature’s strict, protective regime interferes with your normal PC use and you turn the app off in disgust, you can’t undo your decision and switch the app back on without performing a “factory reset” or a clean install of Win11 22H2.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.43.0, 2022-10-24).