How to Disable Microsoft Edge’s SmartScreen Filter Feature

Most of the time when you try to download software or any other document file from the internet using Microsoft Edge browser, you might have seen “unsafe download was blocked by SmartScreen Filter” warning. In case, you want to get rid of this warning, then this post shows you how to do that.

How to Disable Microsoft Edge’s SmartScreen Filter Feature to download file blocked by edge browser

In case, Edge browser won’t let you download any file or software which you know that it is fine, then you must read this tutorial on how to disable Microsoft Edge browser SmartScreen Filter feature.

Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10. The company introduced this new web browser in Windows 10 so that users can enjoy the modern and secure browsing experience while surfing the web. Though, you will sometimes see that Edge browser won’t let you download any file or software which you know that it is fine.

Why Edge is showing “Unsafe to download was blocked by SmartScreen”

According to Microsoft, the users seeing this warning while downloading a file is because of the Edge browser SmartScreen filter. The browser gives you this notification because the file you trying to download not safe for your computer or it is a recognized malware.

What is SmartScreen Filter in Edge Browser?

Microsoft Edge browser SmartScreen filter is a security feature that is completed designed and introduced in the browser to protect your Windows 10 PC from internet threats. This security feature of the browser assists you by recognizing malware and phishing sites. The SmartScreen filter automatically blocks files and websites, if they are acknowledged by the Microsoft to be threatening.

SmartScreen filter in Edge browser sends the information about the file you downloading or website to Microsoft to scan dynamically from a list of reported files and websites. And if it finds anything malicious, the feature will give you a warning which reads “This unsafe download was blocked by SmartScreen Filter” and blocks the content you trying to download.

Normally, the Microsoft Edge browser SmartScreen filter feature works fine but sometimes, this feature becomes overprotective and stop you from downloading the safe content. But no worries, as you can still download the blocked files using Microsoft Edge. All you need to do is to disable the SmartScreen filter.

Warning: SmartScreen Filter is a security feature of Microsoft Edge browser and disabling it can leave your browser exposed to different online threats and affect your Windows 10 PC.

So if you see “This unsafe download was blocked by SmartScreen Filter” warning, it is highly recommended to check program or file for viruses using popular free online services like VirusTotal before downloading, keeping or even opening the file.

Download Files Blocked By Microsoft Edge

Still, if you’re convinced that the file or program which you’re trying to download is safe and is not a threat for your PC in any manner, then following the instructions on how to download blocked files in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

1. After downloading the file, when you see “(file name) is unsafe to download and was blocked by SmartScreen Filter” warning. You need just need to click on the “View downloads” button to check out the Downloads pane.

view download button option in edge browser

2. Here you will see the downloaded file blocked by the Microsoft Edge browser. On the file, make right click on the file blocked by the browser and then click on the “Download unsafe file” option to grab the file into your Windows 10 PC.

download file blocked by edge browser in windows 10

That’s it. Isn’t it simple? Yes, it is.

 

Also, I have no doubt in mind that most of the users who’re using Microsoft Edge as default web browser in Windows 10 definitely looking for a way to turn off SmartScreen Filter. Actually, it is possible and here is how you can do that.

Turn off | Disable SmartScreen in Microsoft Edge

1. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser.

2. Click on the (…) More action icon and head over to Settings.

microsoft edge browser settings

3. Here under “Advances settings” click on the button which reads “view advanced settings

4. Now you need to turn off the option which reads “Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with Windows Defender SmartScreen“.

Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with Windows Defender SmartScreen

After making above mentioned changes, the SmartScreen Filter in Microsoft Edge browser will no longer show you warning about malicious files and suspicious websites.

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