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How to Turn Off or Disable the SmartScreen Filter In Windows 8 or 8.1

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Windows 8 has a new layer of security that builds in the SmartScreen filter from Internet Explorer right into Windows itself. If you don’t like that idea, here’s how to disable it.

Editor’s Note: The SmartScreen Filter included in Windows 8 and probably should not be disabled, as it helps prevent malware infections. This article is intended for educational purposes only.

Disabling the SmartScreen Filter

Open up the classic control panel, and select the System and Security link.

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Now select the Action Center option.

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Once you are in the Action Center expand the security list, and scroll down looking for the Windows SmartScreen option. Once you have found it click the change settings link.

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You will most likely be prompted by UAC to enter your password, now you can totally turn off the SmartScreen Filter. Change the radio button from the default to the bottom option.

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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 11/7/13

Comments (3)

  1. Karina Kaminski

    Why would you want to turn this off? Smartscreen is one of the most successful ways ever devised to prevent malware getting on to your computer.

  2. tommy2rs

    It’s looking like Windows 8 will need even more tweaking than Vista did to make it usable for me. Last thing I want is a lot of automated half ass crap making decisions for me. The first thing I killed on Vista was that stupid UAC and that laptop is still running 24/7 and never had an infection. And it goes into the rank underbelly of the Internet almost daily.

    “What’s good for me might not be good for the weak minded.” — Augustus McCrae, Lonesome Dove

  3. james

    not being a complete idiot is the most successful way to prevent malware getting onto your computer

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