Disable Windows Defender SmartScreen – Windows 11

Windows security is a complementary security feature provided by Microsoft for Windows users. The Windows Security app operates in the background and saves your PC from security hazards such as malware, viruses, ransomware, phishing attacks, etc.

It also comes with a built-in feature called Windows SmartScreen which many users don’t know. The function of a Windows SmartScreen is to stop unknown applications from starting and running on your Windows 11 PC.

If you don’t like to do this for apps you trust, you can disable the Windows Defender SmartScreen feature. However, before turning the feature off, set up a good security app for Windows on your PC.

It’s pretty simple to disable Windows Defender SmartScreen on your Windows 11 PC. This article will let you know how to disable Windows Defender SmartScreen in Windows 11. Let’s get started.

Disable Windows Defender SmartScreen

First, click the Windows Start Menu, search for Windows Security, and open the results.

Select the Apps & browser control once you get to the “Windows Security” section.

Scroll down a bit and click on the Reputation-based protection settings option on the right pane.

Once you get there, turn off the toggle for Check apps and files.

Once you do so, a UAC prompt will appear; click Yes to apply the changes.

That’s it! This is how you can turn the Windows Defender SmartScreen off through the Windows Security app. You can also disable this feature through Microsoft Edge Settings and Registry Editor.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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