Understanding Defender Device, Exploit, and Credential Guard and Application Control

Four similarly named Windows 10 Defender components can cause confusion about exactly what protections each provides. The four components are Defender Device Guard, Exploit Guard, Credential Guard, and Application Control.

Defender Device Guard

Defender Device Guard was a Windows 10 feature designed to harden a computer system against malware by focusing on preventing malicious code from running. Starting with Windows 10 version 1709, Windows Device Guard was split into separate features:

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