Microsoft Defender now supporting Mac?



Yeah, the boys in Redmond think we need their help. Defender is migrating to OS X, on devices running macOS Mojave, High Sierra, or Sierra. Well, at least personally, Defender is one of the first things I disable/uninstall on Windows, as IMO, there are better choices which are less intrusive to the system.

"Defender will tap into Microsoft's AutoUpdate software" --oh boy, just what a Mac user was envious of.


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Microsoft is bringing its Windows Defender antivirus software to macOS. The software giant is renaming Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) as a result. Microsoft has created a dedicated Defender ATP client for Mac, and it offers full virus and threat protection mixed with the usual ability to perform quick or full scans.

A limited preview will be available for businesses to try out the antivirus protection in environments that have a mix of both Windows PCs and Macs. Microsoft is using its AutoUpdate software on macOS to keep the client up to date, and it will be available on devices running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra.



Actually elsewhere on the net, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection as shown itself to be quite good at analyzing complex, multiple payload implementations of attack code.

Now if only the M$ update weren't involved ... sigh