Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10  

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Security System
    01 Apr 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10


    Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

    The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

    SmartScreen Filter is a feature in Microsoft Edge that helps detect phishing websites. SmartScreen Filter can also help protect you from downloading or installing malware (malicious software). SmartScreen Filter helps to protect you in three ways:
    • As you browse the web, it analyses webpages and determines if they have any characteristics that might be suspicious. If it finds suspicious webpages, SmartScreen will display a message giving you an opportunity to provide feedback and advising you to proceed with caution.
    • SmartScreen Filter checks the sites you visit against a dynamic list of reported phishing sites and malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen Filter will show you a warning notifying you that the site has been blocked for your safety.
    • SmartScreen Filter checks files that you download from the web against a list of reported malicious software sites and programs known to be unsafe. If it finds a match, SmartScreen Filter will warn you that the download has been blocked for your safety. SmartScreen Filter also checks the files that you download against a list of files that are well known and downloaded by many Microsoft Edge users. If the file that you're downloading isn't on that list, SmartScreen Filter will warn you.
    • In addition to blocking an unsafe site, SmartScreen will also navigate away from and unload the page. This will completely block any audio and replace the site's contents with the prominent, red SmartScreen safety message.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Windows Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10.

    It is recommended to leave SmartScreen Filter turned on in Microsoft Edge to better protect your PC.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Microsoft Edge Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows Security
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: SmartScreen Filter with Unsafe Website and Unsafe Download

    Safe test site: Windows Defender SmartScreen Demo

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-smartscreen_filter_unsafe_website.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Microsoft Edge Settings


    1 Open Microsoft Edge.

    2 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) 3 dots menu icon, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-microsoft_edge_smartscreen-1.png

    3 Click/tap on Privacy and services in the left pane, turn on (default) or off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen on the right side under Services. (see screenshot below)

    If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.

    The Block potentially unwanted apps setting will be grayed out unless you turn on the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen setting above it.

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-microsoft_edge_smartscreen-2.png

    4 You can now close the Settings tab in Microsoft Edge if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows Security


    1 Open Windows Security, and click/tap on the App & browser control icon.

    2 If you are running a Windows Insiders build of Windows 10, click/tap on the Reputation-based protection settings link. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-reputation-based_protection.png

    3 Under SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge, select Block, Warn (default), or Off for what you want to set. (see screenshot below)

    4 You can now close Windows Security if you like.

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-smartscreen_settings.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    To Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below make changes to the DWORD values in the registry key below.[/I]

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\PhishingFilter

    EnabledV9 DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = Block or Warn

    PreventOverride DWORD

    0 = Off or Warn
    1 = Block


    1 Do step 2 (block), step 3 (warn), step 4 (off) or below for what you want to set.


     2. To Set SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge to Block

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Set_SmartScreen_for_Microsoft_Edge_to_Block.reg

    Download


     3. To Set SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge to Warn

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Set_SmartScreen_for_Microsoft_Edge_to_Warn.reg

    Download


     4. To Turn Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Turn_Off_SmartScreen_for_Microsoft_Edge.reg

    Download


    5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8 If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.

    9 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Cliff S's Avatar
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    SmartScreen Filter is a good thing to have on. I use it. For example I reported that I think download(dot)com has malicious software(their installers that also have installers with hidden and evil PUPs). More people should report such download sites, and maybe(just maybe) they'll change if IE starts warning people before opening the page. I hope I made somebody laugh there! But seriously now, people should report bad sites to Microsoft and not just to Web Of Trust or whatever link traffic light they use.
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