Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off

    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off

    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off

    How to Turn SmartScreen Filter On or Off in Internet Explorer
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    How to Turn "SmartScreen Filter" On or Off in Internet Explorer


       Information
    SmartScreen Filter is a feature in IE8, IE9, IE10, or IE11 that helps detect phishing websites, and can also help protect you from installing malicious software or malware.
    • Online phishing (pronounced like the word fishing) is a way to trick computer users into revealing personal or financial information through an e‑mail message or website. A common online phishing scam starts with an e‑mail message that looks like an official notice from a trusted source, such as a bank, credit card company, or reputable online merchant. In the e‑mail message, recipients are directed to a fraudulent website where they are asked to provide personal information, such as an account number or password. This information is then typically used for identity theft.
    • The terms malicious software and malware refer to programs that pose a security or privacy risk by demonstrating illegal, viral, fraudulent, or malicious behavior. For example, viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are malicious software.

    This will show you how to turn SmartScreen filter on or off for Internet Explorer in only your user account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


    For more detailed information about the SmartScreen filter, see:

       Note
    SmartScreen Filter helps to protect you in three ways:
    • It operates in the background as you browse the web, analyzing webpages and determining if they have any characteristics that might be suspicious. If it finds suspicious webpages, SmartScreen will display a message giving you an opportunity to provide feedback and advising you to proceed with caution.
    • SmartScreen Filter checks the sites you visit against an up-to-the-hour, dynamic list of reported phishing sites and malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen Filter will show you a red warning notifying you that the site has been blocked for your safety.
    • SmartScreen Filter also checks files downloaded from the web against the same dynamic list of reported malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen Filter will show a red warning notifying you that the download has been blocked for your safety.

       Warning
    SmartScreen Filter uses an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) web connection to send website addresses to Microsoft. For more information about what data is sent and how it is used, go to the Internet Explorer Privacy Statement online.


    EXAMPLE: SmartScreen Filter Enabled with a Considered Unsafe Website
    NOTE: If the SmartScreen Filter is turned on and you attempt to visit a website that isn't considered safe, the below screen will appear prompting you to take alternative actions. When active, the SmartScreen Filter will also notify you when you attempt to download software that is potentially unsafe.
    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off-unsafe_website.jpg



    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable SmartScreen Filter in Internet Options

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. Open Internet Explorer, click/tap on Tools (Menu Bar or Command Bar or gear icon), and go to step 4 below.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on Internet Options, click/tap on the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Security section, and go to step 4 below. (See screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off-internet_options.jpg
    4. To Turn On the SmartScreen Filter
    A) Check the Enable SmartScreen Filter box, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)

    B) Click/tap on OK to confirm. (See screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off-confirm_internet_options.jpg
    5. To Turn Off the SmartScreen Filter
    A) Uncheck the Enable SmartScreen Filter box, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 4)



    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable SmartScreen Filter using Command Bar in IE

    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    NOTE: In Windows 8, this would only apply to the IE10 desktop version, and not the IE10 Metro (Windows UI) version.

    2. Click/tap on the Command Bar Safety icon button. (See screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off-safety_button.jpg
    3. To Turn On SmartScreen Filter
    NOTE: This is if it SmartScreen Filter is currently turned off.
    A) Click/tap on SmartScreen Filter and Turn On SmartScreen Filter. (See screenshot above)

    B) Dot Turn on SmartScreen Filter (recommended) and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 4)
    4. To Turn Off SmartScreen Filter
    NOTE: This is if it SmartScreen Filter is currently turned on.
    A) Click/tap on SmartScreen Filter and Turn Off SmartScreen Filter. (See screenshot below step 2)

    B) Dot Turn off SmartScreen Filter,and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off-safety_on_off.jpg



    OPTION THREE

    Enable or Disable SmartScreen Filter using a REG File Download


    NOTE: Thank you to Shinjitai for pointing this option out.
    1. Do step 2, 3, 4, or 5 below depending on if you have IE8, IE9, IE10, or IE11 and what you would like to do.

    2. To Turn On SmartSceen Filter in IE8
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.
    Enable_IE8_SmartScreenFilter.reg


    Download

    B) Go to step 6.
    3. To Turn Off SmartSceen Filter in IE8
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.
    Disable_IE8_SmartScreenFilter.reg


    Download

    B) Go to step 6.
    4. To Turn On SmartSceen Filter in IE9, IE10, or IE11
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.
    Enable_IE9_SmartScreenFilter.reg


    Download

    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Turn Off SmartSceen Filter in IE9, IE10, or IE11
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.
    Disable_IE9_SmartScreenFilter.reg


    Download

    B) Go to step 6.
    6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    8. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. ucm
    Posts : 44
    XP Pro SP3 || Windows 7
       #1

    You Rule Brink!!! God I wish i had the money to hire you man


    ummm uhhh.. I don't suppose there's away to turn this thing off for WIndows Live Messenger? :)
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  2. Posts : 72,283
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello UCM, and thank you.

    I don't see a setting for this in Windows Live Messenger, only in Internet Explorer.
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  3. ucm
    Posts : 44
    XP Pro SP3 || Windows 7
       #3

    doooh

    Thanks for looking intot this Brink, you still the man!!
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  4. Posts : 72,283
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    LOL, no worries mate.
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
       #5

    Hello,

    Wanted to contribute to this tutorial in case others are looking for the Registry method as well (makes life easier when everything's in one place). Thank you for these tutorials.

    Source: Improve computer security

    Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter

    Internet Explorer 8:
    Value: Enabled8
    Data: 1 (Enabled) or 0 (Disabled)

    Note: My own registry (with PhishingFilter disabled by GPO) has a value name of "EnabledV8" instead of "Enabled8"

    Internet Explorer 9:
    Value: Enabled9
    Data: 1 (Enabled) or 0 (Disabled)
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  6. Posts : 72,283
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thank you Shinjitai. I added this as OPTION THREE in the tutorial. :)

    The values should be EnabledV8 and EnabledV9 instead though.
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