Get past Smart Screen fil­ter

IAN PAUL ex­plains how to get past Win­dows 10’s Smart Screen fil­ter, and why some­times you should think twice be­fore do­ing so

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We’ve all been there. You read about a great lit­tle tra­di­tional desk­top ap­pli­ca­tion or util­ity that you think will be a great help. Once it’s down­loaded Win­dows 10 blocks it thanks to Win­dows De­fender Smart Screen, a fea­ture that pre­vents un­rec­og­nized

apps from run­ning. It’s a help­ful se­cu­rity fea­ture that can some­times be an­noy­ing. Here’s how to get past it.

Are you sure you want to do this?

Be­fore we go any fur­ther, keep in mind that the Smart Screen is there for your pro­tec­tion. It is de­signed to re­strict any pro­grams that are known to be ma­li­cious or aren’t com­monly down­loaded. For that rea­son, any­thing ex­per­i­men­tal or out­side the norm is not trusted by Win­dows.

Nev­er­the­less, if you trust the cre­ator of the pro­gram that you want to in­stall, here’s how to get past it.

Get­ting past Smart Screen on a case-by-case ba­sis

When Smart Screen ap­pears it usu­ally says the app you want to in­stall is un­rec­og­nized. The fil­ter then leaves you with only one but­ton to push: Don’t run.

By show­ing only one op­tion, Mi­crosoft hopes to pre­vent the ma­jor­ity of users from run­ning un­trusted apps, be­cause many won’t bother to look be­yond

that sin­gle but­ton. If you still want to take the risk and pro­ceed, click the More info link at the end of the warn­ing para­graph.

When you click that, you then see a win­dow like this one at left, with a new op­tion: Run any­way. Click that, and you’re all set. The pro­gram will start in­stalling as nor­mal.

Turn it off

You may do away with the SMARTSCREEN en­tirely. In the Cre­ators Up­date, Open Win­dows De­fender Se­cu­rity Cen­ter and click App & browser con­trol. Un­der the sub­head­ing Check apps and files, select the Off but­ton. Now SMARTSCREEN won’t block any apps, but that may also put your PC at greater risk if you’re not care­ful.

The Win­dows 10 SmartScreen in the Cre­ators Up­date

Now you can in­stall the pro­gram you want

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