How To Disable Windows SmartScreen

Windows Smart Screen protects you from running Applications from an unknown source which need specific system resources, or applications that try to get access to vital Windows and User Parts. Shortly said: It protects you from potentianly dangerous software. However sometimes, such as a piece of software I wrote, the protection is unwanted. How To Disable Windows SmartScreen in Windows 8 and How To Disable Windows SmartScreen in Windows 10? We’ll explain that.

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SmartScreen: Windows Protected your PC
SmartScreen: Windows Protected your PC

Run a blocked program once.

If you simply wish to run the application you downloaded because you trust the publisher then you can choose to do so.

1. Click when the warning “Windows Protected Your PC” appears on the More Info link.

SmartScreen: More Info
SmartScreen: More Info

2. Now a new button appears, Run anyway. If you sure about the program your running the click this.

Smart Screen: Run Anyway
Smart Screen: Run Anyway

 

Disable SmartScreen entirely.

Before I give you the steps I must say that I highly suggest you do not disable SmartScreen. Anyway.

1. Open Control Panel

2. Then click on System and Security

System and Security
System and Security

3. Then click on Security and Maintenance

System and Maintenance
System and Maintenance

4. Then choose Change Windows SmartScreen Settings

Change Windows SmartScreen Settings
Change Windows SmartScreen Settings

5. Then choose Don’t do anything (Turn off Windows SmartScreen)

Turn off Windows Smart Screen
Turn off Windows Smart Screen

That’s it, make sure you click on OK to save the settings. To enable SmartScreen again just repeat the steps and at step 5 choose the setting you wish.

 

Yuri Pustjens
About the Author

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows
Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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