Windows SmartScreen Settings - Change in Windows 10

    Windows SmartScreen Settings - Change in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Windows SmartScreen in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Windows SmartScreen in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows SmartScreen helps keep your PC safe by checking downloaded files and web content within apps to help protect you from malicious software and potentially unsafe web content. Before an unknown or potentially unsafe downloaded file is opened, Windows will display a warning. If SmartScreen detects potentially unsafe web content in an app, Windows will display a warning in place of the content.

    If an app has been blocked by Windows SmartScreen, you can unblock it to open it if you trust it.

    See also: Evolving Microsoft SmartScreen to protect you from drive-by attacks

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Windows SmartScreen for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change Windows SmartScreen settings.

    warning   Warning
    Turning off SmartScreen Filter can make your PC more vulnerable to security threats.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Windows SmartScreen in Control Panel
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Windows SmartScreen using a REG file



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    Windows SmartScreen Settings - Change in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows SmartScreen Settings - Change in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Windows SmartScreen in Control Panel

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Security and Maintenance icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Change Windows SmartScreen settings link on the left side. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    This will open the C:\Windows\System32\SmartScreenSettings.exe file.


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    3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    4. Select (dot) the option for how you want Windows SmartScreen to handle unrecognized apps, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The default setting is Warn before running an unrecognized app.


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    Windows SmartScreen Settings - Change in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows SmartScreen Settings - Change in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Windows SmartScreen using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    SmartScreenEnabled String Value

    Prompt = Warn before running an unrecognized app
    Off = Don't do anything


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Windows SmartSceen to "Warn before running an unrecognized app"

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Set_SmartScreen_to_Warn.reg

    download


     3. Turn Off Windows SmartSceen to "Don't do anything"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_SmartScreen_Off.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



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       2015-12-16 #1
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  2.    2015-12-18 #2

    Brink,

    I've just installed and activated my Win 10...thanks to your tutorials, it was smooth.

    I have Kaspersky Internet Security. What is the benefit of running Smart Screen if I am already running KIS? Wouldn't they interfere with one another? (Similar to Windows Defender and any other anti-virus software.)

    Thanks,
    Ken
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,422
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-12-18 #3

    Hello Ken,

    Smart Screen and Kaspersky can safely be used together without issue. Smart Screen will just automatically block a file that came from an unknown or external source, and prompt you when you try to open it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4.    2016-01-04 #4

    I got hit with the SmartScreen filter last night when downloading a new version of Keepass. SmartScreen said the file was bad and Norton said the file was good. SmartScreen would not let me install the program. I never saw anything to unblock it. I ended up changing the SmartScreen Filter to do nothing, installed the program and turned the SmartScreen back on.

    I figure if the SmartScreen Filter does not like the app, I should do some extra research before I install it.

    Z
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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