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How to disabling Microsoft Defender SmartScreen?

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Callie Eavans
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I’ve been using Windows 11 for a while now and I appreciate the security features it offers, especially Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. It’s been instrumental in protecting my computer from potentially harmful sites, downloads, and apps. However, there are instances where I need to access certain trusted websites or applications, but SmartScreen seems to be blocking them.

I understand that SmartScreen is designed to protect my system, but in this case, it’s preventing me from completing my tasks. I’ve been trying to find a way to disable it temporarily, but I’m not quite sure how to do it. I’ve looked through the Windows Security settings but I’m a bit lost.

Could you guide me through the process of disabling Microsoft Defender SmartScreen? 

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Simon Mccarty
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  • Open ” Windows Security “.
  • On the left-hand side, you will get ” App & Browser Control ” > Click on it.
  • Now on the right-hand side click on the ” Reputation-based protection settings ” option.
  • Turn off the selected options:
  • Check apps and files.
  • SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge.
  •  Potentially unwanted app blocking.
  • SmartScreen for Microsoft Store Apps.


  • Restart your computer to check if it fixes the problem.


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