Microsoft Edge – Bulletproof?

Microsoft Edge is the lightweight browser integrated into windows 10 and the new server 2016 platforms. It is supposed to be fast and bulletproof right?  No. It can be compromised.

I tested a few questionable search sites for non existent hardware drivers to see it would stand up or be hijacked. My test system was a dell laptop running as an administrative user.  It is also loaded with Webroot corporate antivirus. After choosing a site and the suggested driver I viewed the detail webpage and chose to download.  The anticipated popups arrived.  They were peddling an updated media player. I was certain it would deliver a virus.  Alt F4 closed edge. Then I rebooted. When I re-opened edge the popups were back. Webroot did not see a virus because there was none. The point is that edge was altered and the cleanup did require some work. In a future post I will look closer to see what plugins can be used  what approaches to taken to secure edge from the same test. Please leave your comments and questions.