How to Disable SmartScreen Filter in Windows 8

Disabling the safety warning feature “SmartScreen Filter” on Windows 8 eliminates the inconvenience when you regularly install software from a known source.

Basically, SmartScreen Filter is a new feature in Windows 8 to help protect users from malicious applications, links to scam sites and prevent installation from software that is not Microsoft certified.

You might want to keep this feature as an extra layer of protection but I find it very annoying. Fortunately, the SmartScreen Filter for applications as well as Internet Explorer 10 is not too complicated to turn off. With just a few simple steps, you can easily disable this feature.

To Disable the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 8:

  1. Return to the Desktop and open up the Run dialog box using the Windows + R keys.
  2. Type in the keyword “Control” (without the quotes) to open the Control Panel.
  3. In the window that appears, choose System and Security > Action Center and then click “Change Windows SmartScreen settings” in the left pane, as shown below.

Completely Disable SmartScreen Filter in Windows 8

Now, you just need to select the “Turn off Windows SmartScreen” in the Windows dialog and hit OK.

You also want to turn off the SmartScreen Filter feature on Internet Explorer 10 so that you can access every website without being blocked. However, turning off this feature can put your computer at risk when surfing the Internet without using other security software.

How to Turn off SmartScreen Filter on IE 10

To disable this feature, open the browser in Desktop Mode. In the browser, click the Settings icon (the gear icon in the top right corner). Go to Safety >Turn off SmartScreen Filter.