Windows Defender to root out dodgy registry cleaners and system optimization tools

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Microsoft is taking a firmer line with misleading system utilities and tools that try to scare users into paying for software. An update to Windows Defender means that software found to be “coercive” could be ripe for automatic removal. New policies come into play in March as Microsoft tries to banish software that makes misleading claims or adversely affects system performance. Tools that exaggerate problems or resort to scare tactics are among those in the firing line. Microsoft explains that it is updating its software evaluation criteria so that programs may not “ruse alarming or coercive messaging that can put…

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