SmartScreen filter is a Windows 10 built-in security feature that protects PCs from malware. Windows Defender SmartScreen not only scans programs and files on your PC, but also integrates with Microsoft Edge to block phishing and malware websites. This is an important security feature that novice users should not touch.
However, if you are an experienced user who finds the notifications annoying, we will tell you how to completely disable SmartScreen Filter on your Windows 10 PC. While the extra security that Microsoft SmartScreen offers is important, the additional warnings can be a nuisance while we work.
So in this article, I will review how to disable SmartScreen on Windows 10 PC. I will also tell you more about this feature to give you an idea of what SmartScreen Filter is and what it does on your computer.
How to Disable SmartScreen in Windows 10
1. To Disable Microsoft SmartScreen, first go to
Settings > Update and Security.
2. Now click/tap Windows Security in the left pane and select ‘App & Browser Control‘ in the right pane.
3. Now click/tap on ‘Reputation-based protection settings‘.
4. On the next screen, you will find an option to disable SmartScreen for three different options, namely:
local apps and files, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Store.
5. From here, you can disable all three options or just one or two if you want. You can turn it off only for Microsoft Edge or only for Microsoft Store or in all apps on your PC. Now look at the image below.
PS: If you don’t want to be bothered by instructions on what to install and what not, you should also turn off the other option which says ‘Potentially unwanted app blocking‘ (see screenshot above).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. What are SmartScreen Filters in Windows 10?
Originally introduced with Windows 8.1, SmartScreen Filter is a built-in security feature that protects users from phishing websites, malicious downloads, and more. It offers an additional level of security over the usual anti-virus programs on Windows PCs. If you will open a file or install an application that it believes is unsafe, it will display a warning saying it has protected your PC.
Q. Is SmartScreen Different from Pop-up Blocker?
That is. SmartScreen checks the sites you visit and files you download for possible threats. In contrast, pop-up blockers simply block pop-ups, many of which are ads that may be annoying, but are not necessarily harmful.
Q. Is There Any Way to Bypass SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10?
Yes, here. The software shows a warning whenever you try to run an application or open a file that is deemed unsafe. However, you have the option to skip the SmartScreen and install the app or open the site by still clicking through the confirmation dialog. You can also disable it completely on your PC.
Q. Is it Safe to Disable the SmartScreen Filter?
If you are an advanced user and know what you are doing, you can turn it off and avoid the distraction of prompts and notifications whenever you try to do something on your computer.
Q. Can I Disable SmartScreen Only for Microsoft Edge?
Yes you can. Microsoft SmartScreen protects computers in three ways – by scanning apps and files on your PC, by checking for possible malware when downloading apps from the Microsoft Store and by blocking phishing and fraudulent websites while browsing on Microsoft Edge. You can disable any of these options individually or all of them at the same time, as mentioned in the tutorial above.
Conclusion: The SmartScreen filter may be an important feature for novice or inexperienced users, but it can hamper productivity and annoy tech-savvy users. Hopefully this article is useful for you, thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share it with your friends too.