Disabling SmartScreen Filter

This section provides a tutorial example on how to disable the SmartScreen Filter function in Internet Explorer 10 to stop sending website addresses to Microsoft.

What is SmartScreen Filter? SmartScreen Filter is security function provided in Internet Explorer (IE) 10 that helps you identify reported phishing and malware websites and also helps you make informed decisions about downloads. SmartScreen helps protect you in three ways:

SmartScreen Filter sounds like a nice function to protect your computer from getting infected by malware.

But it also allows Microsoft to track your browsing history and download history.

So if you have other virus and malware protection tools running on your computer, you should turn off SmartScreen Filter:

1. Click menu: Tools > SmartScreen Filter > Turn of SmartScreen Filter... You see the "Microsoft SmartScreen Filter" dialog box showing up.

2. Review and change settings as listed below:

SmartScreen Filter is designed to warn you if the website you are
visiting is impersonating another website or contains threads to
your computer.

Unchecked: Turn on SmartScreen Filter (recommended)
           Some website addresses will be sent to Microsoft to be
           checked. Information received will not be used to
           personally identify you.

  Checked: Turn off SmartScreen Filter
           Website addresses will not be sent to Microsoft unless
           you choose to check them.

3. Click OK to save changes.

Example of the "Microsoft SmartScreen Filter" dialog box is shown below:
Internet Explorer 10 - SmartScreen Filter

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

Introduction to Internet Explorer

 What Is Internet Explorer (IE)?

 Installing Internet Explorer (IE) 10

 Deleting Browsing History in IE 10

 Settings on Browsing History in IE 10

 InPrivate Browsing Mode IE 10

 Enabling Tracking Protection Personalized List

 Examples of "Tracking Contents"

 ActiveX Filtering - Controlling ActiveX Controls

 ActiveX Filtering - Controlling ActiveX on Adobe Flash

 ActiveX Filtering - Controlling ActiveX on Silverlight

 Enabling Pop-up Blocker

Disabling SmartScreen Filter

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version