Microsoft Defender: Problem with shortcuts in the Windows start menu

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Recently a Microsoft Defender update led to the deletion of some shortcuts from the Windows start menu

Several reports from Windows users have experienced a problem with the new one update Of Microsoft Defender. What happened was a sudden deletion of some shortcuts in the start menu. These links are nothing more than level objects file system which are saved with extension .link.

Program links installed are Windows they are usually stored in the %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder. To view them, just paste this path into the bar that will appear by pressing Windows+R.

Microsoft Defender: Problem with shortcuts in the Windows start menu

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After several analyzes conducted by engineers and experts, the Redmond company confirmed the presence of a malfunction in the update 1.381.2140.0 Of Microsoft Defender. The distribution was thus abruptly stopped and, subsequently, one was released correct version. More specifically, they found that deletion only occurred to users who had the feature turned on ASR (Attack Surface Reduction). This feature reduces the attack surface of applications making them less attackable.

The rule that crashed the system is called Block Win32 API calls from Office macros. If you have made shadow copies, it will still be possible to restore the links by going into the %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu folder, right-clicking on the Programs -> Properties folder and, finally, on the Versions tab previous.

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