The Windows Club

Prevent bypassing of SmartScreen filter warnings in IE or Edge browser

You can prevent bypassing of the SmartScreen filter warnings in Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge browser using Group Policy or Registry settings. The SmartScreen feature warns users if they visit a known or a suspected website, helps detect phishing websites, prevents downloads from that site, stops Drive-By-Downloads,  and also prevent such sites from injecting malicious code in your browser. Users can also disable SmartScreen Filter in IE or bypass SmartScreen filter and download files in Edge.

But if your organization would like to stop or prevent bypassing of SmartScreen filter warnings in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer browser on Windows 10, you can do so using the Group Policy Editor.

Prevent bypassing of SmartScreen filter warnings

Microsoft Edge browser

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

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components> Microsoft Edge

Here on the right side, you will see a Don’t allow SmartScren Warning overrides setting. Double-click on it and select Enabled.

This setting lets you decide whether employees can override the SmartScreen Filter warnings about potentially malicious websites. Turning this setting on stops employees from ignoring the SmartScreen Filter warnings and blocks them from going to the site. Turning this setting off, or not configuring it, lets employees ignore the SmartScreen Filter warnings about potentially malicious websites and to continue to the site.

Just for your information, here you will also see a Don’t allow SmartScren Warning overrides for unverified files setting.

Read: SmartScreen filter warning messages explained.

Internet Explorer

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

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components> Internet Explorer

Here, in the right side, you will see a Prevent Bypassing SmartScreen Filter Warnings setting. Double-click on it and select Enabled.

This policy setting determines whether the user can bypass warnings from SmartScreen Filter. SmartScreen Filter prevents the user from browsing to or downloading from sites that are known to host malicious content. SmartScreen Filter also prevents the execution of files that are known to be malicious. If you enable this policy setting, SmartScreen Filter warnings block the user. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the user can bypass SmartScreen Filter warnings.

Just for your information, here you will also see a Prevent Bypassing SmartScreen Filter Warnings about files that are not commonly downloaded from the Internet setting.

Remember to click Apply after you have made the changes.