How to Setup Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.

The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

Microsoft Edge browser is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Edge and want to learn how to configure Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, and help protect your computer, the steps below should show you how to do it.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen provides warning messages to help and protect you from potentially untrusted and phishing websites and malicious software. SmartScreen filter can also help you from downloading and installing malware (malicious software) on your computers.

By default, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned on, and it’s recommended to leave on to protect your computer and privacy.

Although Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is helpful, it can also be annoying in some environments. In cases where you already have robust protection in place, you can disable SmartScreen to help mitigate some of the issues users face with SmartScreen being on.

To get started with configuring Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, follow the steps below:

Turn on Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge

To enable or disable “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen” in Edge, open Microsoft Edge and click the 3 horizontal dots ( . ) at the top right corner of your screen as shown in the image below.

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When the Settings page opens, click on Privacy, search, and services on the left side. Under Security on the right, click on Microsoft Defender SmartScreen and enable or disable it.

If you enable this setting, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned on. If you disable this setting, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned off.

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Turn on Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge via registry

You can also enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Microsoft Edge feature from Windows registry.

If you’re logged in as an administrator, you can also enable this feature via Windows registry. To do that, use the steps below:

Using Windows registry is one way to force all users on the system to configure Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. There are multiples ways to do this in Windows, however, using Windows registry is the easiest and most effective way to do it.

To enable, press the Windows Key + on your keyboard to open the run command box. Or use the search function to search for the Run app.

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In the command box, type the commands below and press Enter.

regedit

When Windows registry opens, navigate to the path below. If you don’t see the Edge key, create one.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

From there, right-click on the Edge key and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option to create a REG_DWORD value if you don’t see existing SmartScreenEnabled value already created.

If you don’t see Edge key or folder, create one.

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Name the new DWORD value as:

SmartScreenEnabled

After saving the DWORD above, double-click it to open. Then enter the value of 1 to enable. 0 to disable.

microsoft defender smartscreen registry enable

(delete) = Default
0 = Always disabled
1 = Always enabled

If you enable this setting, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned on. If you disable this setting, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned off.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable or enable “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen” feature in Microsoft Edge browser. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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