Windows 10: Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10  

    Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10

    Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender SmartScreen for Apps and Files in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Security System
    13 Sep 2018
    Designer Media Ltd

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Posts: 33,168

    Show Printable Version 


    How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender SmartScreen for Apps and Files in Windows 10


    Windows Defender SmartScreen helps keep your PC safe by checking downloaded files and web content within apps to help protect you from malicious software and potentially unsafe web content. Before an unknown or potentially unsafe downloaded file is opened, Windows will display a warning. If SmartScreen detects potentially unsafe web content in an app, Windows will display a warning in place of the content.

    If an app has been blocked by Windows SmartScreen, you can unblock it to open it if you trust it.

    See also: Evolving Microsoft SmartScreen to protect you from drive-by attacks

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Windows Defender SmartScreen for apps and files from the web for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to change Windows SmartScreen settings.

    Turning off SmartScreen Filter can make your PC more vulnerable to security threats.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Apps and Files in Windows Defender Security Center
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Apps and Files using a REG file
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable SmartScreen for Apps and Files in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable SmartScreen for Apps and Files using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Windows Defender SmartScreen warning
    Name:  Windows_SmartScreen-1.png
Views: 49195
Size:  33.3 KB Name:  Windows_SmartScreen-2.png
Views: 47819
Size:  37.0 KB






    Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Apps and Files in Windows Defender Security Center

    1. Open the Windows Defender Security Center, and click/tap on the App & browser control icon.

    2. Under Check apps and files, select Block, Warn (default), or Off for what you want to set. (see screenshot below)

    3. Click/tap on Yes when prompted by UAC.

    4. You can now close Windows Defender Security Center if you like.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Smartscreen_settings.jpg 
Views:	1669 
Size:	69.5 KB 
ID:	128576






    Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off SmartScreen for Apps and Files using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    SmartScreenEnabled String Value

    Block = Blocks an unrecognized app from running
    Warn = Warn before running an unrecognized app
    Off = Don't do anything


    1. Do step 2 (block), step 3 (warn), step 4 (off) below for what you want to set.

     2. To Set SmartScreen for Apps and Files to Block

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Set_SmartScreen_to_Block.reg

    download


     3. To Set SmartScreen for Apps and Files to Warn

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Set_SmartScreen_to_Warn.reg

    download


     4. Turn Off SmartScreen for Apps and Files

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Turn_SmartScreen_Off.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable SmartScreen for Apps and Files in Local Group Policy Editor


    If enabled of disabled, this option will override and gray out Option One and Option Two.

    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Four below to set this policy.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/File Explorer

    Name:  SmartScreen_for_Apps_and_Files_gpedit-1.jpg
Views: 2699
Size:  97.6 KB

    3. In the right pane of File Explorer in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable - block), step 6 (enable - warn), step 7 (disable), or step 8 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable SmartScreen to Block Apps and Files from Web

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Warn and prevent bypass in the Options drop menu, click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)


     6. To Enable SmartScreen to Warn for Apps and Files from Web

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Warn in the Options drop menu, click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)


     7. To Disable SmartScreen for Apps and Files from Web

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)


     8. Default SmartScreen for Apps and Files from Web

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  SmartScreen_for_Apps_and_Files_gpedit-2.jpg
Views: 2718
Size:  123.9 KB

    9. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable SmartScreen for Apps and Files using a REG file


    If enabled of disabled, this option will override and gray out Option One and Option Two.

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD and string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

    EnableSmartScreen DWORD

    (delete) = default
    1 = Enable
    0 = Disable

    ShellSmartScreenLevel string value

    (delete) = default
    Block = Warn and prevent bypass
    Warn = Warn


    1. Do step 2 (enable - block), step 3 (enable - warn), step 4 (disable), or step 5 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable SmartScreen to Block Apps and Files from Web

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Enable_SmartScreen_to_Block_Apps_and_Files_from_Web.reg

    download


     3. To Enable SmartScreen to Warn for Apps and Files from Web

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Enable_SmartScreen_to_Warn_Apps_and_Files_from_Web.reg

    download


     4. To Disable SmartScreen for Apps and Files from Web

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Disable_SmartScreen_for_Apps_and_Files_from_Web.reg

    download


     5. Default SmartScreen for Apps and Files from Web

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Default_Not_Configured_SmartScreen_for_Apps_and_Files_from_Web.reg

    download


    6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    8. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.   My ComputersSystem Spec

  2.    18 Dec 2015 #2

    Brink,

    I've just installed and activated my Win 10...thanks to your tutorials, it was smooth.

    I have Kaspersky Internet Security. What is the benefit of running Smart Screen if I am already running KIS? Wouldn't they interfere with one another? (Similar to Windows Defender and any other anti-virus software.)

    Thanks,
    Ken
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,168
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
    Thread Starter
       18 Dec 2015 #3

    Hello Ken, :)

    Smart Screen and Kaspersky can safely be used together without issue. Smart Screen will just automatically block a file that came from an unknown or external source, and prompt you when you try to open it.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    04 Jan 2016 #4

    I got hit with the SmartScreen filter last night when downloading a new version of Keepass. SmartScreen said the file was bad and Norton said the file was good. SmartScreen would not let me install the program. I never saw anything to unblock it. I ended up changing the SmartScreen Filter to do nothing, installed the program and turned the SmartScreen back on.

    I figure if the SmartScreen Filter does not like the app, I should do some extra research before I install it.

    Z
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,168
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
    Thread Starter
       13 Sep 2018 #5

    Tutorial updated to add Option 3 and 4 for group policy options.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6. ThrashZone's Avatar
    Posts : 3,875
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       13 Sep 2018 #6

    Hi,
    Okay get out of my head
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,168
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
    Thread Starter
       13 Sep 2018 #7

      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

Tutorial Categories

Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in Windows 10 Tutorial Index Network & Sharing Instalation and Upgrade Browsers and Email General Tips Gaming Customization Apps and Features Virtualization BSOD System Security User Accounts Hardware and Drivers Updates and Activation Backup and Restore Performance and Maintenance Xbox Windows Phone


Related Threads
How to Change Screen Saver Settings in Windows 10 A screen saver is a moving picture or pattern that displays on the screen(s) of your PC after you have not been active on the PC for specified period of time to wait. Screen savers were...
Performance & Maintenance Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10 in Tutorials
Maintenance activity refers to an application or process that helps maintain the health and performance of a Windows PC. Maintenance includes keeping Windows and applications up-to-date, checking security, and running scans for malware. Windows...
Solved cannot change windows update settings in Windows Updates and Activation
I tried to change the windows update settings and I canít!!!!! I get a message saying that some settings are managed by my system administrator!!!!! I am the only user in this laptop with administrator privilegesÖ How comes that I canít change...
How to Open and Change Settings for Apps in Windows 10 Universal Windows apps (formally called modern apps) can now be opened in resizable windows on your desktop like any other app now in Windows 10. This tutorial will show you how to open...
I'm asking out of curiosity more then anything, since Windows Update has a heading saying "Some settings are managed by your system administrator". I'm just curious if someone's already found a way around that, lol, or if it's somehow hardcoded in...

Tags for this Thread

Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:28.
Find Us