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.

How to turn off the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 8

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

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

To disable the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 8, first return to the Desktop and open up the Run dialog box using the Windows + R keys. Next, type in the keyword “Control” (without the quotes) to open the Control Panel interface. 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 can also turn off the SmartScreen Filter 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 tools.

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.

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