How to Enable the Garbageware Blocker in the New Microsoft Edge Browser
What is a PUP? Well, a PUP is another name for malware, invented to prevent lawsuits. Many malware companies have lots of money they make from ripping people off and tricking people into installing their garbage. If an antivirus or antimalware company calls it malware, the lawyers for the malware companies come out like a swarm of hungry maggots flocking to a hunk of rotting meat. So, to prevent that, antivirus/anti-malware companies call such malware a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) — or PUA (Potentially Unwanted App).
The new Microsoft Edge has a feature that blocks PUPs/PUAs. We’ll combine them and all them garbageware. And we’ll call the feature in the new Microsoft Edge browser that blocks Garbageware – the Garbageware Blocker. That’s not an official name… if you asked Microsoft about their new Garbageware Blocker, they’d not have a clue. But you know what we mean.
Garbageware includes things like adware, trackers, browser toolbars, cryptocurrency miners, and other worthless junk you don’t want infesting your computer. But… while Microsoft included this feature in the new Edge browser, it’s not enabled by default. And now, we are going to show you how to enable this feature.
1.) Click on the 3-horizontal-dots icon near the top-right in the new Microsoft Edge. Then click on “Settings”.
2.) When “Settings” opens, click on “Privacy and services” from the menu on the left. Then, near the bottom under services find “Block potentially unwanted apps”.
3.) To the right of “Block potentially unwanted apps” turn the switch to the “On” position as shown below.
It’s too early to give this feature a grade. But if it blocks one bit of garbageware that would have otherwise found its way onto your computer via trickery, bundling, or clicking a bad link, then it’s worth turning this feature on.
And if you missed our article on how to use Chrome extensions you can read it here.
And if you haven’t upgraded the old version of Microsoft Edge to the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, you can do that by downloading the new Microsoft Edge from here.