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Turn off SmartScreen Filter in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

The SmartScreen filter is one useful feature built in Windows 10 system as well as some web browsers such as Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, which can help prevent the installation and running of malicious, virus, or unrecognized software on the PC. Generally, Windows suggests turning the SmartScreen filter on. However, if you are frequently interrupted or blocked by the SmartScreen filter, or if you don’t think it is necessary for you, you can turn it off. Now this post will show you how to turn off SmartScreen filter in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.


How to turn off SmartScreen Filter in Microsoft Edge

Follow the steps.

Step 1: Start Microsoft Edge, by clicking its icon on the Windows 10 taskbar.

Start Microsoft Edge

Step 2: Click the More actions button, which looks like an ellipsis, at the top right of the Microsoft Edge window, and then click Settings in drop-down menu.

Click Settings

Step 3: Scroll down, and click the View advanced settings button.

Click View advanced settings

Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom, and switch the toggle button under "Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with SmartScreen Filter" to the Off position.

Switch to Off

How to turn off SmartScreen filter in Inter Explorer 11

Here I use the Internet Explorer 11 as an example for demonstrating the steps. If you use an earlier version of Internet Explorer, steps would be similar.

Step 1: Open the Internet Explorer in Windows 10. If the Internet Explorer icon does not appear on the taskbar, just start typing internet explorer in the Search box, and then click Internet Explorer to open it.

search internet explorer

Step 2: Click the Tools button, which looks like a gear icon, at the top right of the window, then point to Safety, and select the Turn off SmartScreen Filter option from the menu.

Click Turn off SmartScreen Filter

Step 3: You will be prompted with the "Microsoft SmartScreen Filter" dialog, as shown below. Keep the Turn off SmartScreen Filter option selected, and click OK.

Click OK