Microsoft Edge blocks Firefox installer, says it will harm your PC
The battle for web browser supremacy seems to have taken another serious turn following a new Microsoft Edge movement.
Microsoft’s browser has long been in a fight for the top spot alongside competitors like Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox.
But as Techdows spotted, anyone trying to download the installer to install Firefox on their device will be blocked by Edge itself.
Edge vs. Firefox
The site reported that a number of users saw a warning window appear when downloading the Firefox installer using Edge.
âFirefox Installer.exe was blocked because it could damage your device,â the warning read, with users only able to click to see more details rather than continuing to download.
Some users were able to download and install Firefox using Edge after disabling Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, a program that monitors downloaded files and compares them to known threats.
For this reason, it is not advisable to disable SmartScreen as it could leave your system open to attacks.
Since launching in January 2020, Microsoft Edge has steadily increased its market share against its browser rivals in recent months, aided by a rapid cycle of software upgrades and updates. The introduction of features like vertical and scrolling tabs, a secure password generator, and a built-in price comparison tool have proven popular with users, as have a number of tweaks designed to improve performance. browser, including sleep tabs and a feature known as startup. -up boost.
However, recent data from Statcounter revealed that Edge’s market share fell month-over-month for the first time after fourteen consecutive months of growth. With just 3.39% of the total market share in April 2020, Edge remains a minor player compared to Google Chrome, which holds 64.47% of the market, with Firefox in second place with 3.59%.
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