How to Disable SmartScreen Defender in Windows 10, You read about a small traditional desktop app or utility that you think would be helpful. Once downloaded, boom !, Windows 10 blocks thanks to Windows Defender SmartScreen, a feature that prevents unknown applications from running. This is a very helpful security feature that can sometimes be annoying. Here’s how to get through it.
Are you sure you want to do this?
Before going any further, remember that SmartScreen is there to protect your computer. This is designed to limit programs that are known to be harmful or not commonly downloaded. For that reason, something that is experimental or out of the norm is not trusted by Windows.
However, if you trust the creator of the program you want to install, here’s how to get past it.
Pass through SmartScreen on a case by case basis
When SmartScreen appears, usually the application you want to install is not recognized. The filter then leaves you with just one button to press: ‘Do not run’.
By simply showing one option, Microsoft hopes to prevent users from running an untrusted app, as many do not bother to look beyond that one button.
If you still want to take the risk and continue, click the More info link at the end of the warning paragraph.
When you click on it, you then see a window like this on the left, with new options: Run anyway. Click on that, and you’re all set. The program will start installing as usual.
Turn off SmartScreen
You can completely eliminate SmartScreen. In Creator Update, Open Windows Defender Security Center and click App & browser controls. Under Subtitle checks and applications, select the Off button.
Now SmartScreen will not block any apps, but it could also put your PC at greater risk if you’re not careful.
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