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With Windows Defender, if real-time protection is enabled, files are scanned before they are accessed and executed. The scanning scope includes all files, including those on mounted removable devices such as USB drives subject to your local configuration. The files are only scanned, they are not executed. As long as they are not executed, they won't infect ...


The current version of Windows File Sharing (SMB v3) includes a number of good security features, but they are not all enabled by default. If you want to ensure your file share uses cryptographic protections (signing and encrypting), you should explicitly check (and enable if needed) those features. See

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