Windows 11’s new security feature is so secure you’ll need to reinstall the OS to use it

Microsoft is getting ready to launch a security feature update for Windows 11 (opens in new tab) aimed to “help protect hybrid work” from malicious apps and other potential security risks for enterprise users. The price for this extra layer of security is going to be a clean reinstall of Windows 11.

Smart App Control is designed by default to prevent you from running malicious apps downloaded from the web, according to Microsoft (opens in new tab) (thanks PCWorld (opens in new tab)). Since the app is woven into the OS (hence the required reset), it keeps track of things on a process level, using a combo of code-signing by the app maker and an “AI model for application trust” to determine if the software is safe. Any app Windows 11 considers shady will be blocked from opening. 

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