Microsoft Defender deletes shortcuts from the menu or taskbar

On Friday afternoon, Microsoft said it has fully developed a fix for a problem in Windows that causes app shortcuts in the Start menu or taskbar to disappear.

Many admins analyzed it Twitter problem and Reddit this morning and Microsoft confirmed that it is related to a recent update to Microsoft Defender threat defender

The problem affects businesses and organizations that use it and Defender to protect against malware, viruses and other threats. In a note to customers, Microsoft said it has received reports that a specific attack surface reduction (ASR) rule is causing the problems.

Earlier in the day, IT administrators attempted to resolve the issue by setting the rule “Block Win32 API calls from Office macro”.

Microsoft said that "we have enabled the rule to prevent further problems while we investigate the issue."

However, the update took several hours to develop before Microsoft announced it at 4:46 p.m. ET.

The bad news, now, is that the fix doesn't restore deleted shortcuts as described in the details of the issue from Microsoft:

Next steps: This issue is resolved in security update 1.381.2164.0. Installing the updated build 1.381.2164.0 or later should prevent the problem, but it will not restore the deleted shortcuts. You will need to recreate or restore these shortcuts through other methods. The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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