How to Disable SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10 Creators Update

In this post, I will walk you through a guide on how to disable SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft’s Windows 10 comes with a security feature which goes by the name “SmartScreen Filter”. It automatically scans files, websites, downloads, and applications to block any potential threat or content. Addition to that, it even warns you when you try to run any unknown or unrecognized app in your Windows 10 PC. But, if you don’t like this security feature and want to get rid of it, then there is a simple way to do that without using any third-party tool. You can actually find the “SmartScreen Filter” settings under “Windows Defender Security Center” in Windows 10 Creators Update and from there you can disable it.

So, if you have installed Windows 10 Creators Update on your PC and want to disable SmartScreen Filter, then go through the simple guide explained below.

How to Disable SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10 Creators Update?

Step 1: To begin, you need to open “Windows Defender Security Center”. You can either open it from the Start Menu or type “windows defender” in the search bar on the taskbar and select the “Windows Defender Security Center” app.

Step 2: After Windows Defender Security Center opens up, click on the “App and Browser Control” tab on the left sidebar. Then you will see three different options for SmartScreen Filters on the right side:

  • Check Apps and Files
  • SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge
  • SmartScreen for Windows Store Apps

Step 3: With each SmartScreen Filter option, you will see three different actions – “Block”, “Warn”, and “Off”. Now, to disable the SmartScreen Filter completely, you can click on the “Off” action under all the three SmartScreen Filter options. That’s it, the SmartScreen Filter feature will stop working on your Windows 10 PC.

Disable SmartScreen Filter


Even though you can disable SmartScreen Filter after following this guide, I would still recommend you keep it enabled. This is because it provides additional security for your PC despite the fact whether you have installed any anti-virus or not.

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