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App control is an optional security practice in Microsoft Managed Desktop that restricts the execution of code on client devices. This control mitigates the risk of malware or malicious scripts by requiring that only code signed by a customer-approved list of publishers can run.

App & browser control in Windows Security provides the settings for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites, and downloads. The settings on the App & browser control page let you: Block unrecognized apps, files, malicious sites, downloads, and web content.

Application control can help mitigate these types of security threats by restricting the applications that users are allowed to run and the code that runs in the System Core (kernel). Application control policies can also block unsigned scripts and MSIs, and restrict Windows PowerShell to run in Constrained Language Mode.

The App and browser control section contains information and settings for Windows Defender SmartScreen. IT administrators and IT pros can get configuration guidance from the Windows Defender SmartScreen documentation library. In Windows 10, version 1709 and later, the section also provides configuration options for Exploit protection. ...