Disable or Turn Off Windows 8’s SmartScreen Feature

by Venkat eswarlu on September 17, 2011

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SmartScreen filter feature in IE9 protects users by warning against visits to malicious sites and downloading malicious software to their computers, since all users don’t use IE9 to surf Microsoft ported SmartScreen with application reputation used in IE9 to Windows 8 developer preview which warns when users tries to run an application that has not well established reputation, SmartScreen gives a warning & recommends not to run it, delete the  program or to run the program anyway, expand more details and click “Run this program and don’t prompt me again”.

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Disabling or turning off SmartScreen feature in Windows 8

If you’re security savvy users and download files from reputed sites, then you can turn off or disable Windows SmartScreen, here is how to do that.

1. Open Control Panel>System and Security>Action Center

2. Expand Security section, scroll down and click ‘Change settings’ for Windows SmartScreen

3. Select ‘Turn off Windows SmartScreen’ and click ‘ OK’ to save the changes.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

BP October 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

It doesn´t work.I
choose turn off but it keeps being activated.


Adam November 23, 2011 at 5:58 am

I have the same problem as BP, I try to disable it but it doesn’t do anything and if I open the window again it shows it as still being enabled.


Arne January 14, 2012 at 2:10 am

Hi If you see the smart screen when opening a file or program! then click the more info and say run anyways :)


Venkat January 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

Sorry I don’t know


Adam January 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

the problem was that it would come up and hang for ~15 seconds and then the program would just run anyways and it would happen for every program I installed every time they ran, so I’d get like 10 smartscreen windows at startup. I fixed it with a format and fresh install of windows 8 though :)


BP January 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I have killed the Preview weeks ago. I will give the Beta a try which comes in February.


Derek July 19, 2012 at 3:36 am

The SmartScreen thing is very annoying! Every time I start my computer, I have to click Run anyway for a bunch of programs! (It’s on a laptop, so not always it is connected to the internet.)


Ananya December 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

i really work’s thanx


Venkat December 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

You’re welcome Ananya to Techdows.


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