What is SmartScreen Filter in Windows ?

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Windows Smart Screen is a built-in program from Windows that can issue a warning when you are on a dangerous or unsafe site while browsing the internet. Smart Screen Filter is activated by default in the default browser of Internet Explorer and Edge . Smart Screen Filter can protect you from obscure advertisements, download files, and so on.

Smart Screen Features in Windows

When you surf the internet using Windows, Smart Screen Filter will check the sites you visit and make sure the programs you have downloaded are safe.

If Smart Screen finds something suspicious or dangerous, it will display a warning page. There you can choose to open the page, return to the previous page, and / or provide feedback or report about that page.

Smart Screen works by comparing the website you want to visit (or the program you want to download) to an address that is labeled unreliable or really dangerous. Microsoft also maintains this list and recommends that you leave this feature activated to protect your computer from Malware attacks and also to protect you from phishing.

In addition, this technology is actually the same as a pop-up blocker; the difference is, pop-up blockers only look for pop ups but don't give an assessment of them.

How to Deactivate the Smart Screen Filter

To disable the Smart Screen filter in Internet Explorer:

  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • Select the Tools button (gear icon), then select Safety.
  • Click Turn Off Smart Screen Filter or Turn off Windows Defender Smart Screen.
  • Click OK

To disable Smart Screen Filter on Microsoft Edge:

  • Open Microsoft Edge.
  • Select the three dot icon in the top left corner and click Settings.
  • Click Advanced Settings.
  • Turn off the button in the section labeled Help Protect Me From Malicious Sites And Downloads With Windows Defender Smart Screen.
  • If you want to restore it to normal, you can activate Windows Smart Screen by repeating the steps above and choosing to activate the filter.


Become a Part of Smart Screen Solution

If you are on a web page that is not safe when using Internet Explorer and does not receive a warning, you can tell Microsoft about the site. Likewise, if you are warned that certain web pages are dangerous but you know that the web is safe, you can also report it.


To report that the site you are visiting does not contain threats to users in Internet Explorer:

  • From the warning page, select More Information.
  • Click Report That This Site Does Not Contain Threats.
  • Follow the instructions on the Microsoft Feedback site.

To report that the sites you visit in Internet Explorer do contain threats:

  • Click Tools, and click Safety.
  • Click Report Unsafe Website.