What is the SmartScreen Filter how it works and how to disable/enable
If you are running Internet Explorer or Windows 8, you may encounter a warning when you try to download or run certain files. The content of the warning will be something like this: «files from the Internet can harm your computer» or «this program may jeopardize the security of your computer». Why is this happening, what it might mean and how to disable such warnings? This article will answer all these questions.
Message filter SmartScreen
In the desktop version of Internet Explorer you may see the following message: «Files downloaded from the Internet can harm your computer» or «SmartScreen Filter has no information about this unsigned program. Run may harm your computer».
Let’s find out why we face such messages.
What is SmartScreen?
This feature is added to Internet Explorer starting with the eighth version to improve browser security. If the file you are about to download, already downloaded quite a number of people and it is considered to be safe, SmartScreen will allow you to download it without any problems or warnings. If the file still has not downloaded or downloaded, but not many times, you will get a warning that the file may be unsafe. In addition, the sites you visit, SmartScreen checks for the presence of a regularly updated list of phishing sites. When it detects a match, it displays a warning stating that the site was blocked for your security. On the one hand, it can be annoying when downloading files with very popular sites, and on the other, it provides additional security for your computer.
Windows 8 has a similar function, but directly in the guide, so such warnings you may see when you run executable files. In General, the same principles apply as in Internet Explorer.
SmartScreen is a useless feature?
Given the fact that this feature from time to time is really annoying, will be appropriate the following questions: «is it worth it? Is there any sense of it?». Answer: «Yes.» According to some research in the area of security, Internet Explorer is most secure browser, mainly due to this feature. A good example of such a study: «Internet Explorer 9 outperforms competing browsers in malware blocking test».
So, I tried to explain, what is the SmartScreen filter how it works and why it is important for the safety of your computer. However, if you are sure that SmartScreen is more annoying than helping, read on to find out how to disable it.
I’ll start this guide with disable in Windows 8. Then I will paint the process of disabling SmartScreen in Internet Explorer (version 9 and 10).
Disable SmartScreen in Windows 8
Right-click on the icon «Center support» in the pop-up window select «Open action center».
In the «support Center» drop your view on the column on the left. Find the link «Change settings for Windows SmartScreen» and click on it.
On the screen appears the window «Windows SmartScreen». Activate the option «not to do Anything (turn off Windows SmartScreen)» and then click «OK».
Ready, SmartScreen is disabled, but only in Windows Explorer. If you want to disable the function in Internet Explorer, keep reading.
Disable SmartScreen in Internet Explorer 9 and 10
Start Internet Explorer. If you are using Windows 8, open the desktop version of the browser, not Metro. Then click on the «Service». In the menu that appears select «Security» -> «turn Off SmartScreen filter».
Select «turn Off SmartScreen filter» and click «OK».
Now you have disabled the SmartScreen filter in Internet Explorer.
To re-enable SmartScreen, you need to go through the same steps. If you have any questions about this feature, feel free to leave your comments.