How to Enable or Disable Website Typo Protection in Microsoft Edge

This article describes steps you can take to turn on or off Website typo protection in the Microsoft Edge browser.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 11. Users are allowed to switch to their preferred or favorite browser anytime. Edge is based on Chromium, similar to Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers today.

When using a web browser, the simple mistake of typing an incorrect address can lead you to potentially fraudulent websites planted by malicious actors.

To help enhance your online security, the Edge browser has a feature called Website typo protection that helps protect you when you accidentally navigate to a fraudulent site after misspelling a well-known site’s URL by guiding you to land on the legitimate site instead.

Below is how to enable or disable it in the Microsoft Edge browser.

Turn on or off Website typo protection in the Microsoft Edge browser

As described above, Website typo protection will help protect your online browsing experience by preventing you from landing on a malicious website.

Here’s how to turn it on or off with Edge.

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 horizontal dots button on the top right corner and select Settings.

micrsoft edge browser more option and settings
Microsoft Edge browser has more options and settings

Next, click on Privacy, search, and services on the left menu.

microsoft edge browser privacy search and services page
microsoft edge browser privacy search and services page

On the Settings -> Privacy, search, and services settings pane, under the Security section toggle the button on the tile that says “Website typo protection” to On or Off.

microsoft edge browser website typo protection button
microsoft edge browser website typo protection button

If off, Edge will not help to protect you from navigating to a malicious website. If enabled, Edge will protect you from mistakenly browsing a malicious website.

Turn on or off the prompt when you close a window with multiple tabs in Edge

Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry to show or hide the prompt in the Microsoft Edge web browser.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

If you don’t see the Edge folder key, right-click on the Microsoft parent key, then create the subkey (Edge) folder.

microsoft edge show or hide sidebar via registry
microsoft edge show or hides the sidebar via the registry

On the right pane of the Edge folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named TyposquattingCheckerEnabled.

Double-click the new value name (TyposquattingCheckerEnabled) and enter the Value data of 1 to enable Website typo protection in Microsoft Edge.

Value data of 0 will disable Website typo protection in Microsoft Edge.

microsoft edge browser turn on or off website typo protection
microsoft edge browser turns on or off website typo protection

That should do it!

Reference:

https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2022/10/17/website-typo-protection-typosquatting/

Conclusion:

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