Detection changes: search protection code

​In late 2014 we announced changes to our evaluation criteria regarding the way we detect programs that have search protection functionality.
Microsoft security products will detect programs with browser search protection functionality from June 1, 2015.
Non-compliant programs that exhibit such functionality will be detected by our software signatures that look for browser search protection code. Any program using code that can potentially perform search protection may be detected, regardless of whether the code is active.
To avoid detection, developers should remove any search protection code from their programs, regardless of whether it is functional or not.
We’ll be working with search protection developers and vendors who have completely disabled search protection functionality from their programs in alignment with our evaluation criteria.
Developers and vendors can email to start this process. They should provide links to side-by-side downloadable samples of:

  • Any programs with fixed behavior that does not exhibit search protection functionality, but has inactive, dormant search protection code.
  • Any older programs that are non-compliant with our evaluation criteria.

Working with us can help reduce the risk of having programs with search protection functionality turned off, but still containing non-compliant code, being detected as developers work on completely removing the non-compliant code.
More information about how we detect malware and unwanted software is available in our evaluation criteria.

Comments (4)

  1. Joe says:

    Thanks for the info. I have a problem that I have written, that attempts to stop certain programs like slim cleaner. I was wondering if there is any way for you to go into more detail on "browser search protection functionality", so I can make sure my
    program will not be in violation. Thanks

  2. GR says:

    I've been in the programming business since 1990 yet I've no idea what "search protection functionality" is! Go figure…

  3. anon says:

    I assume they mean functionality that stops you changing the search option back to what you want ie to stop search toolbars from never letting you get rid of them

  4. befsdotin says:

    actually what we have to do?

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