How to Disable Windows Defender SmartScreen in Windows 11 and 10?

A SmartScreen feature is available in Windows 10/11 to prevent viruses/malware from infecting your computer. Windows warns you against launching an unrecognized application by Windows when using the SmartScreen feature. This feature warns you when you download or run an unknown application on your computer. On your screen, it says, “Windows Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app could put your computer at risk”. When you try to open an unknown application, Windows SmartScreen displays a nag screen with additional confirmation.

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This SmartScreen feature is outstanding. It protects your computer from viruses and helps secure your system.

But some issues with this feature, If any information cannot find my system, it prevents the opening of the application by default. Sometimes it’s making false statements for safe apps. Also, some users are irritated or do not want to use this feature. These types of users want to disable this feature.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on disabling Windows Defender SmartScreen on Windows 11 and 10.

How to Disable the Windows Defender SmartScreen via Windows Security?

Follow the below described steps to turn off the Windows Defender SmartScreen using Windows Security:-

Step 1. Firstly, Click the Start/Search button on the Taskbar and type Windows Security.

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Step 2. Then, Click the Windows Security to open it in the search results.

Step 3. Next, select App & browser control in the left sidebar of Windows Security.

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Step 4. Then, On the right side, click the link Reputation-based protection settings under the Reputation-based Protection section.

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Step 5. Under this screen, toggle Off the Check apps and files option to disable Windows Defender SmartScreen.

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To enable the Windows Defender SmartScreen, turn On the toggle switch “Check apps and files” in the last step.

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Click the Yes button if UAC prompts.

How to Disable the Windows Defender SmartScreen using Local Group Policy Editor?

To disable the Windows Defender SmartScreen using Local Group Policy Editor, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Press Windows + R hotkey to open the Run command box.

Step 2. Next, type gpedit.msc in the Run box and press Enter key on the keyboard.

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Step 3. Under the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following path in the left sidebar:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative templates > Windows Components > File Explore

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Step 4. Then, double-click the policy name on the right-hand side; configure Windows Defender SmartScreen.

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Step 5. Select Disabled.

Step 6. Click Apply.

Step 7. Click OK.

Step 8. At last, reboot your computer. You can see the effect.

How to Disable the Windows Defender SmartScreen via Registry Editor?

To turn off the Windows Defender SmartScreen via Registry Editor, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Open the Registry Editor.

Step 2. Under the Registry Editor window, copy and paste the following path in the address bar and hit Enter key to reach the System registry key:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

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Step 3. After that, right-click on the System folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value in the context menu.

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Step 4. Then,Name the newly created REG_DWORD as EnableSmartScreen.

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Step 5. Next, double-click on the EnableSmartScreen REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to 0.

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Step 6. At last, reboot your computer.

To enable the Windows Defender SmartScreen in Windows 11 or 10 again, right-click on the EnableSmartScreen REG_DWORD and select Delete option. When prompted, click the Yes button.

How to Disable SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge?

If you want, you can disable Windows SmartScreen only for Microsoft Edge. To disable Windows SmartScreen in Microsoft Edge, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Click the Start/Search button on the Taskbar and type Windows Security.

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Step 2. Then, Click the Windows Security to open it in the search results.

Step 3. Next, select App & browser control in the left sidebar of Windows Security.

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Step 4. After that, On the right side, click the link Reputation-based protection settings under the Reputation-based Protection section.

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Step 5. Under this screen , toggle Off the SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge option to disable SmartScreen for Edge.

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How to Disable SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge using Registry Editor?

To turn off SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge using Registry Editor, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Open the Registry Editor.

Step 2. Under the Registry Editor window, copy and paste the following path in the address bar and hit Enter key to reach the SmartScreenEnabled registry key:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Edge\SmartScreenEnabled

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Step 3. Then, On the right side of the window, double-click the (Default) and change its “Value data” from 1 to 0.

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Step 4. At last, restart your computer.

That’s all for this article. I hope this article will add some value to your work.

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