How to Turn Off or On Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 11. By default, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen will warn users of sites and downloads used by Microsoft Store apps that are potentially dangerous. This can help protect users and devices from malware and viruses.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned on and helps protect your device by checking for unrecognized apps and files from the Microsoft Store. If you try to download a suspicious app, SmartScreen will show you a warning screen and clearly identify the suspected threat and gives you a chance to stop before anything bad can happen.

These protections are built into Windows and it works with Microsoft Defender Endpoint on your device and in the cloud. Protection such as Controlled folder accessReal-time protectionTamper protection and Ransomware protection, Phishing protection are included with Microsoft Security.

Below is how to turn off or on Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Store apps in Windows 11

How to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Store apps in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen will warn users of sites and downloads used by Microsoft Store apps that are potentially dangerous. This can help protect users and devices from malware and viruses.

Turn on or off SmartScreen for Microsoft Store apps:

In the search box on the taskbar, type Windows Security and then select Windows Security in the list of results.

open windows security app

In Windows Security, select App & browser control tile as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 app and browser control microsoft defender

On the App & browser control settings page, under Reputation-based protection, click on Reputation-based protection settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 microsoft defender reputation base protection

On the Reputation-based protection settings page, under SmartScreen for Microsoft Store apps, toggle the button to On of Off to enable or disable apps and files checking with Microsoft Defender.

There are two modes one can choose from:

  • On. Warns users that the sites and downloads used by Microsoft Store apps are potentially dangerous but allows the action to continue.
  • Off. Turns off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, so a user isn’t alerted or stopped from visiting sites or from downloading potentially malicious apps and files.
windows 11 smartscreen for microsoft store apps

You can close Windows Settings app when done.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Store apps in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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