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:
- As you browse the web, it analyzes pages and determines if they have any characteristics
that might be suspicious. If it finds suspicious pages, SmartScreen will display a warning page,
giving you an opportunity to provide feedback and advising you to continue with caution.
- SmartScreen checks the sites you visit against a dynamic list of reported phishing sites
and malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen will show you a warning letting
you know that the site has been blocked for your safety.
- SmartScreen checks files that you download from the web against a list of reported
malicious software sites and programs known to be unsafe. If it finds a match, SmartScreen
will warn you that the download has been blocked for your safety.
SmartScreen also checks the files that you download against a list of files that are well known
and downloaded by many people who use Internet Explorer. If the file that you're downloading
isn't on that list, SmartScreen will warn you. Learn more about downloading files.
SmartScreen Filter sounds like a nice function to protect your computer from getting infected
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
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:
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
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