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What Is Windows SmartScreen?

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What Is Windows SmartScreen?

What Is Windows SmartScreen?


Windows SmartScreen is an online feature of many Microsoft products, including Windows 7 (where it’s called the Phishing Filter), Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and some online services as well.

The Windows SmartScreen automatically scans applications, files, downloads, and websites, blocking known-dangerous content and warning you before you run unknown applications.

Because the service runs online, it is always kept up to date.

There are a few problems with SmartScreen as it currently stands, it will occasionally find a download that it’s not sure about. The dialog that SmartScreen displays for you advises strongly against executing the download, but the interface is crafted in such a way as to make it difficult to open or run the downloaded file, should you wish to.

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