How to turn off the smartscreen filter in windows 10

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SmartScreen Filter causing problems with programs and websites? Here is how to disable or turn off the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10.

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  1. What is SmartScreen Filter
  2. Can I disable the SmartScreen Filter? It is not recommended, but can certainly be done if you know what you are doing. So here is how to disable the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10. Disabling the SmartScreen Filter You can disable the SmartScreen Filter in the Windows Security Tools or Group Policy Editor. You can also disable the SmartScreen Filter in the Edge browser. Click on the skip links below to go to the method you wish to use. From Windows Security Tools From Group Policy Editor In Edge browser From Windows Security Tools SmartScreenFilter is part of the Windows Security Application and Browser Control Tools. It can be easily disabled from there. The method is as follows. Press the Start key on your keyboard. Search for and open “Windows Security.” Click on “Application Control and; Browser”. Next, click on the “Reputation-based Protection Settings” link. Turn off “Check Applications and Files.” Exit the “Windows Protect” application. SmartScreen filter is disabled. Search for and open “Windows Protect” from the Start menu. Go to the “Application and Browser Control” page in that window and click on the “Reputation-based Protection Settings” link. Then turn off the “Check Apps and Files” option. You may be prompted by User Access Control (UAC). Click the “Yes” button to continue. Unchecking the option will disable the SmartScreen filter. To enable the SmartScreen filter, check the “Check Apps and Files” option. From the Group Policy Editor If you are managing multiple users or computers, the preferred method is to disable the Windows SmartScreen filter using the Group Policy Editor. This is far superior to manually setting up rules for each user or computer. Here is how to do it. Open the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the “Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates >Windows Components >File Explorer” folder. Double click on the “Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen” policy. Select “Disabled.” Click “Apply”. Click “OK”. Close the Group Policy Editor. Restart Windows. The SmartScreen filter is now disabled. Press “Start key + R”, type “gpedit.msc” and click “OK” to start the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the “Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer” folder and double click on the “Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen” policy. Select “Enabled” and click the “Ok” button. Finally, restart the computer and the policy will be applied. After the restart, the SmartScreen filter will be disabled. To enable it again, select the “Enabled” option, then select the “Warning and Bypass Prevention” option from the “Options” tab in the policy editor. For Edge browsers Instead of disabling SmartScreen system-wide, it is possible to disable the Edge browser only. This way, you can still access websites blocked by the SmartScreen filter without having to completely disable system-wide security features. Here is how to disable the SmartScreen filter in the Edge browser. Open the Edge browser. Click on the “Menu” icon in the upper right corner. Select “Settings.” Select the “Privacy, Search and Services” tab on the sidebar. Scroll down to find the “Security” tab. Turn off the “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen” option. Restart your Edge browser. Edge browser SmartScreen filter is now disabled. First, launch Edge by clicking the Edge browser icon on the taskbar. Click on the menu icon in the upper right corner (three vertical dots) and select “Settings” for the browser. Next, select the “Privacy, Search and Services” tab in the sidebar. You can navigate to the same page by typing “edge://settings/privacy” in the address bar. Now find the “Security” tab and turn off the “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen” option. Finally, restart your Edge browser. Now the SmartScreen filter is disabled in the Edge browser. As you can see, disabling the SmartScreen filter in Windows 10 is fairly easy. As mentioned earlier, only disable the SmartScreen filter if you need to and know what you are doing. YouTube video: How to turn off the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10
  3. Disabling the SmartScreen Filter
  4. From Windows Security Tools
  5. From the Group Policy Editor
  6. For Edge browsers
  7. YouTube video: How to turn off the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10

What is SmartScreen Filter

For a long time, Windows has had a fairly useful security feature called SmartScreen Filter. It is part of the Windows Defender suite and is enabled by default. One of the main tasks of the SmartScreen Filter is to protect users from malicious websites and links. It can automatically flag, alert, and block malicious and suspicious activity on your computer. For example, suppose someone sends you a malware or phishing link and you click on it. In this case, the SmartScreen filter will automatically block it, protecting the user from malware infection, phishing, and other potential negative effects.

Basically, the SmartScreen filter runs silently in the background, so most users don’t need to worry about it. However, there may be situations where SmartScreen blocks legitimate websites, links, or programs. In such cases, the SmartScreen Filter can be temporarily or permanently disabled so that the website or program can be used as needed.

Can I disable the SmartScreen Filter? It is not recommended, but can certainly be done if you know what you are doing.

So here is how to disable the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10.

Disabling the SmartScreen Filter

You can disable the SmartScreen Filter in the Windows Security Tools or Group Policy Editor. You can also disable the SmartScreen Filter in the Edge browser. Click on the skip links below to go to the method you wish to use.

  1. From Windows Security Tools
  2. From Group Policy Editor
  3. In Edge browser

From Windows Security Tools

SmartScreenFilter is part of the Windows Security Application and Browser Control Tools. It can be easily disabled from there. The method is as follows.

  1. Press the Start key on your keyboard.
  2. Search for and open “Windows Security.”
  3. Click on “Application Control and; Browser”.
  4. Next, click on the “Reputation-based Protection Settings” link.
  5. Turn off “Check Applications and Files.”
  6. Exit the “Windows Protect” application.
  7. SmartScreen filter is disabled.

Search for and open “Windows Protect” from the Start menu. Go to the “Application and Browser Control” page in that window and click on the “Reputation-based Protection Settings” link.

Then turn off the “Check Apps and Files” option. You may be prompted by User Access Control (UAC). Click the “Yes” button to continue. Unchecking the option will disable the SmartScreen filter.

To enable the SmartScreen filter, check the “Check Apps and Files” option.

From the Group Policy Editor

If you are managing multiple users or computers, the preferred method is to disable the Windows SmartScreen filter using the Group Policy Editor. This is far superior to manually setting up rules for each user or computer. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor.
  2. Navigate to the “Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates >Windows Components >File Explorer” folder.
  3. Double click on the “Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen” policy.
  4. Select “Disabled.”
  5. Click “Apply”.
  6. Click “OK”.
  7. Close the Group Policy Editor.
  8. Restart Windows.
  9. The SmartScreen filter is now disabled.

Press “Start key + R”, type “gpedit.msc” and click “OK” to start the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the “Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer” folder and double click on the “Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen” policy. Select “Enabled” and click the “Ok” button. Finally, restart the computer and the policy will be applied. After the restart, the SmartScreen filter will be disabled.

To enable it again, select the “Enabled” option, then select the “Warning and Bypass Prevention” option from the “Options” tab in the policy editor.

For Edge browsers

Instead of disabling SmartScreen system-wide, it is possible to disable the Edge browser only. This way, you can still access websites blocked by the SmartScreen filter without having to completely disable system-wide security features. Here is how to disable the SmartScreen filter in the Edge browser.

  1. Open the Edge browser.
  2. Click on the “Menu” icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Select “Settings.”
  4. Select the “Privacy, Search and Services” tab on the sidebar.
  5. Scroll down to find the “Security” tab.
  6. Turn off the “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen” option.
  7. Restart your Edge browser.
  8. Edge browser SmartScreen filter is now disabled.

First, launch Edge by clicking the Edge browser icon on the taskbar. Click on the menu icon in the upper right corner (three vertical dots) and select “Settings” for the browser. Next, select the “Privacy, Search and Services” tab in the sidebar. You can navigate to the same page by typing “edge://settings/privacy” in the address bar.

Now find the “Security” tab and turn off the “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen” option. Finally, restart your Edge browser.

Now the SmartScreen filter is disabled in the Edge browser.

As you can see, disabling the SmartScreen filter in Windows 10 is fairly easy. As mentioned earlier, only disable the SmartScreen filter if you need to and know what you are doing.

YouTube video: How to turn off the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10


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