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Microsoft is now testing sandboxing Windows Defender, here’s how to enable it sooner

Microsoft has been working behind-the-scenes on bolstering the security of Windows Defender, and today it’s taking a major step towards that goal. Windows Insiders are some of the more recent builds are able to run Windows Defender in a sandbox, separating it from other processes and improving its security.

Windows Defender in a sandbox is rolling out gradually to Insiders (via Neowin), but it can be enabled forcefully through the below command, and then restart the computer:

setx /M MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX 1

Bringing a sandbox mode to Windows Defender has been a complex technical process to ensure it is done right, according to the company. It does, however, raise the bar for security for the anti-malware software.

Microsoft would like feedback from insiders and partners on the change.

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Have you tested running Windows Defender in a sandbox? How well has it worked for you so far?