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How to Report a Malicious Website to the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 9


One of Microsoft’s leading technologies that protect us from the dangerous web is the SmartScreen filter in Internet Explorer. Since the filter is crowd-sourced, it helps tremendously if you do your part, so let’s take a look at how to report a malicious website.

Reporting a website in Internet Explorer is made extremely easy and can be done from the Tools menu.


Navigate over to the safety section.


Now click on the Report unsafe website option.


This will open a new page where you will be asked if you think the site is performing a phishing attack or distributing malware respectively. Check the box most appropriate to your situation or both if necessary, fill in the CAPTCHA and hit the submit button.


That’s all it takes to do your part if you stumble upon a malicious website, providing you use Internet Explorer of course.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 02/9/12

Comments (2)

  1. RonV

    I just whish MS wouldn’t have put that so deep into the menu. I really like this more “social” apprach to identifying threats. If Waze can do it with traffic and cops on the road MS, Firefox, and Google can do it with their browsers and feedback.

  2. pcunite

    Sadly, some people are using it to negatively affect competing sites. I have turned SmartScreen Filter off as the number of false positive is alarmingly high.

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