Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10  

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  1.    #10

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello TON,

    This tutorial is only for turning on or off smartscreen for apps and files.

    SmartScreen will still run for the below unless turned off for them as well. It's not recommended to turn off SmartScreen though for better security.

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Windows Store Apps in Windows 10 | Tutorials
    No I have it turned off for all of those but smartscreen.exe is still running.

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    Does it still run even after restarting the computer?
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    Yes. I disabled these settings about a month ago and have restarted many times since then.
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    It appears that you can’t fully disable the SmartScreen process. Even if you turn off the SmartScreen feature in Windows, the SmartScreen process still launches when you sign into your PC. However, it uses no CPU resources and only a few megabytes of memory.
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  5.    #14

    True. I suppose I can live with it...for now.
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  6.    #15

    Unusually I want the warning message, as it appears to be the solution to a requirement for Cyber Essentials Plus
    I have a selection of downloaded files all with the Zone.Identifier markers which our official tester uses to certify us – currently failing because of no warning when they are opened. This happens both at work (domain) or home (several standalone PCs). All are Windows 10 1809.

    Option 2 Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ shows SmartScreenEnabled=RequireAdmin (home PC) and SmartScreenEnabled=Prompt (work domain PCs), whereas your article suggests Block, Warn or Off. Warn is what I think I need.

    If I run any of the test files, they run with no warning, and the Zone.Identifier is removed. This results in a fail. I’ve tried with the options for SmartScreenEnabled – Block, Warn, Prompt, RequireAdmin with no joy.

    Your article shows that when you run a file there is the option to unselect ‘Always ask before opening this file’. I’m guessing that deselecting this removes the Zone.Identifier:$Data marked from the file, and this is what happens when the fileis run (without any warning screen).

    What am I missing, or has 1809 broken something?
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    Hello @kbs, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Correct, unchecking ‘Always ask before opening this file’ only applies to unblock that specific file.

    Warn is the default setting for Windows Smartscreen.

    If the file gets unblocked, it will not show a warning anymore.
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  8.    #17

    Thanks for the welcome and confirmation of the removal of the flag. After another day of banging my head against it i am no further forward. The best I can do is to get a Windows Store app warning that I'm about to install an app that hasn't come from the Windows Store (for ,.com and .exe files only).
    My home PCs have Norton and my work pcs have Sophos AV, and I suspect that they turn off the Windows Defender aspects that used to flag a file as being of alien origin (no offence intended given your logo!). I have as yet found no way to enable it or to replace it with a suitable warning from Sophos. I could not get it to revert to the Windows Defender warning after removing Sophos either... I have tried all the registry and policy settings found on your wonderful site to no avail.
    It's a very simple concept that seems to be impossible to meet - a warning before opening that you've downloaded this file from somewehere insecure - and profoundly irritating that it used to work in the past (and was equally irritating then for the opposite reason). All suggestions welcomed. There must be some Cyber Essentials Plus genii who can solve this one. My last resort is a Watchguard firewall rule, but the Law of Sod dictates that the 'warn' functionality will only appear in the next release. A total block on downloads for unauthorised users is the only current option.
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