Disable or Turn Off SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer

Is your SmartScreen Filter is turned off? Or do you get the message SmartScreen Filter cannot check this website? If that is so, this post will show you how to enable or disable SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer on Windows 10/8/7 using Group Policy or Registry Editor.

For those who don’t know what is SmartScreen, it is a feature in Internet Explorer that helps detect phishing websites, and can also help protect you from installing malicious software or malware. So whenever you encounter a suspicious site a warning will be displayed on the browser window to notify the user about the sites nature and whether user trusts the site owner/publisher to continue further on the URL provided.

Enable or Disable SmartScreen Filter

Turn on or Turn off SmartScreen Filter using UI

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Go to  Tools > Internet Options

Disable or Turn Off SmartScreen Filter

  • Go to Advanced tab and scroll down for Security Category. There if you want to enable/disable the feature you can accordingly check the box captioned “Enable SmartScreen Filter” then press OK.

  • Now after you enable the feature, every time you encounter a suspicious URL it will display a message  as shown below.

If you don’t want to use this feature you can just uncheck from the checkbox to disable the same, but it’s highly recommended since  phishing attacks are  increasing day by day, increasing the potential threat to confidential information of email accounts.

You can also quickly bypass SmartScreen filter and download files in IE or Edge, without turning off SmartScreen Filter.

SmartScreen Filter is turned off

If your SmartScreen is turned off or you receive the message that , then follow these steps.

Enable or Turn on SmartScreen Filter using Group Policy

turn on or off SmartScreen Filter

Run gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following setting:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer

In the right pane, double-click on Configure Windows SmartScreen to change its settings.

This policy setting allows you to manage the behavior of Windows SmartScreen. Windows SmartScreen helps keep PCs safer by warning users before running unrecognized programs downloaded from the Internet. Some information is sent to Microsoft about files and programs run on PCs with this feature enabled. If you enable this policy setting, Windows SmartScreen behavior may be controlled by setting one of the following options: Require approval from an administrator before running downloaded unknown software, Give user a warning before running downloaded unknown software or Turn off SmartScreen. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Windows SmartScreen behavior is managed by administrators on the PC by using Windows SmartScreen Settings in Action Center.

Enable SmartScreen Filter using Registry Editor

Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

In right pane, you may find DWORD value EnableSmartScreen. Delete this DWORD.

The values for this key are as follows:

  • 0 : To turn off SmartScreen
  • 1 : Give user a warning before running downloaded unknown software
  • 2 : Require approval from an administrator before running downloaded unknown software.

By the way, hope you are aware of Windows SmartSreen and SmartScreen Application or Download Reputation in Internet Explorer.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.