SmartScreen Blocks the Download

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Problem: SmartScreen blocks my download

SmartScreen” filter, introduced by Microsoft, is present in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), IE9 and IE10 versions. It was developed to provide better security to IE users.

Microsoft has implemented the same mechanism in its latest OS, Windows 8 and later.

If you try to run a downloaded program or compressed file from Internet, it checks the file and if it finds an unrecognized app, it blocks the program and shows a message on screen.

Problem Smart Screen

If you click on OK button, the program execution is terminated.


SmartScreen filter shows the same warning message for almost all 3rd party programs which are downloaded from Internet.

If the file is safe, as our, you can click on More info link, given in the message and it’ll provide 2 buttons: Run anyway and Don’t run“.


You can click on “Run anyway” button to launch the program.

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  3. Windows blocks my download: The SmartScreen Filter

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