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    As noted by where this is placed, I have and use Windows Defender on 21H1 x64 Pro and also use Thunderbird 91.2.0 for email. With the recent discussion about added security in WD by way of using settings in Group Policy, I noticed that one setting in GP is titled “Turn on e-mail scanning” and is, by default as are many others, set to “Not configured”.

    For those interested, this setting can be found under Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Microsoft Defender Antivirus>Scan. Yes, you read it correctly, the key is Microsoft Defender Antivirus, even though we call it Windows Defender.

    Anyway, if I Enable this setting, will it cause problems with the T’Bird mailboxes I have set up? The built-in description makes no mention of working with T’Bird, only vaguely mentioning that “Several email formats are currently supported, for example: pst (Outlook), dbx, mbx, mime (Outlook Express), binhex (Mac).”

    So, does anyone currently have this setting Enabled and use T’Bird for their email client? If so, did you have any hiccups along the way and, if you did, how’d you get around them?

    For added info, I currently have T’Bird’s settings set to POP3 and SMTP instead of IMAP. But, that concept is a subject for a different thread, NOT this one.

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      Yes, you read it correctly, the key is Microsoft Defender Antivirus, even though we call it Windows Defender.

      It’s been Microsoft Defender Antivirus for more than a couple of years now:

      Windows Defender Gets a New Name: Microsoft Defender [July 20, 2019]

      As shown at Settings, Update & Security, Windows Security, Open, Settings, Manage providers (and all antivirus updates).

      Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1320 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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        It’s been Microsoft Defender Antivirus for more than a couple of years now:

        Pardon me and several others for having “lazy tongues” then, for not using its newer nomenclature.  😉

        That line (starting “Yes, you read it correctly…”) was meant for those not knowing that MS Defender is the newer name for Windows Defender, and wondering “what’s the difference?”. That’s also why I called it that (WD) in the title, because I realize that there are still many folks who don’t know (or forgot, as I had until reminded of it 😳)  that Windows Defender had been renamed.

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