How to disable SmartScreen in Windows 8 and 8.1

How to disable SmartScreen in Windows 8 and 8.1

This tutorial will detail how to disable the SmartScreen filter, which is enabled by default in Windows 8 and 8.1. This filter is designed to protect your computer from rogue programs downloaded from the Internet. However, in some cases, its operation may be false: it is enough that the downloaded software is unknown to the filter.

Although I will describe how to completely disable SmartScreen in Windows 8, I will warn you beforehand that I cannot fully recommend that you do so. How disable SmartScreen filter in Windows 10 (The instructions show, among other things, what to do if the setting is not available in Control Panel. It will also work for 8.1).

If you have downloaded the program from a trusted source and you see a message that the Windows system has protected your computer and that the Windows SmartScreen filter has prevented an unidentified application from running that could compromise your computer, you just have You have to click on "Details" and then on "Run Anyway". Now, let's move on to how to make sure this message doesn't appear.

Disabling SmartScreen in Windows 8 Support Center

Now, step by step on how to disable the appearance of this message filter:

  1. Go to the Windows 8 Support Center. To do this, you can either right-click the checkbox icon in the notification area or go to the Windows Control Panel and select the desired item there.
  2. In the support center on the left, select "Change Windows SmartScreen settings".
  3. In the next window, you can configure exactly how SmartScreen will behave when running unidentified programs downloaded from the Internet. Require the administrator's confirmation, do not require it and only advise or do nothing (Deactivate Windows SmartScreen, last option). Make your choice and click OK.
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That's it, it's the end of this filter. I recommend that you be careful when you operate and run programs from the Internet.