How To Disable or Turn Off Windows SmartScreen in Windows 10

The Windows SmartScreen is an anti-malware filter than helps protect your PC from suspicious apps and malware. Anytime you try to install an unrecognized app the warning message that pops up is the SmartScreen notifying the user about the danger. In addition to protecting the PC, it also protects the user’s privacy.

Windows Smartscreen can also prevent you from actually downloading anything useful from the internet. Here’s how to remove or disable Windows Smartscreen filter in Windows 10.

Disabling It Through Windows Defender Security Settings

You can disable the Windows Smartscreen through Windows Security Settings by follow these three easy steps.

Step 1

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Entering Windows Security Into Search

Click on the Magnify button in the Windows task bar. Enter Windows Security into Search and select Windows Defender Security Centre to open it.

Step 2

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Apps & Browser Control

Once Windows Defender Security Centre opens proceed to look for Apps & Browser Control which is located on the left side of the dialog box.

Step 3

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Turning Off The Windows SmartScreen

Under the Apps & Browser Control search for Smartscreen for Microsoft Edge. You can then toggle between Block, Warn or Off. Toggling Block will show a warning message and prevent the unrecognized app from running. Warn will show you a warning message and gives you the option to choose the unrecognized app to run or not.

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Disabling It Through Windows Registry Editor

The Windows Registry Editor is a powerful that allows you to make changes to a lot of programs on the PC. For these reason make sure you backup or create a system restore point if something goes wrong. Here’s how to disable Windows SmartScreen in eight easy steps.

Step 1

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Enter Regedit Into Run

Open Windows Registry by hitting Windows key + R to open run and entering regedit into it. You can also right-click the Windows icon and select run.

Step 2

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Windows Registry Editor

The Windows Registry Editor will open. Proceed to then copy and paste Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System into the pathway as indicated by the red box into your Windows Registry Editor. Press enter.

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Step 3

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Creating DWORD (32-bit) Value

Right-click on the white space in the right side panel. Then create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value key.

Step 4

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Renaming DWORD

Proceed to rename the DWORD key as EnableSmartScreen.

Step 5

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Modifying The DWORD

Double-click the newly created key EnableSmartScreen to edit it. Under Value data enter 0 to disable or 1 to enable it.

Step 6

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Creating The String Value

Next right-click the same right side panel to create a new String Value.

Step 7

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Renaming The String Value

Rename the new String Value ShellSmartScreenLevel.

Step 8

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Setting The Value For The String

Double-click ShellSmartScreenLevel to edit it. Under Value data you can type in Block, Warn or Off. Off disables the the warning message when running an unrecognized app.

Disabling It Through Local Group Policy Editor

For Windows 10 Pro and Enterprises users you can disable the Windows Smartscreen through the Local Group Policy Editor.

  • Hit the Windows + R buttons or you can enter RUN into search by clicking the search magnifier button on the task menu.
  • Once RUN is open enter gpedit.msc and click OK.
  • Local Group Policy Editor will then open.
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.
  • Locate Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen  and double-click it to open the settings.
  • In the Policy Settings select the Disabled radio button and click OK.
  • Under the Options choose “Warn and prevent bypass”.

Close the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your machine for changes to take effect.

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