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

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This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11. When you are using Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen can help evaluate websites or downloads to see if they are known to be malicious, such as phishing sites, or tech support scams.

By default Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned on and which helps protect your device by checking for unrecognized apps and files from the web. If you try to go to a website known to be dangerous, SmartScreen will show you a warning screen that clearly identifies the suspected threat and gives you a chance to close the browser tab 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 Edge in Windows 11

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

As mentioned above, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen can help evaluate websites or downloads to see if they are known to be malicious, such as phishing sites, or tech support scams..

Turn on of off SmartScreen SmartScreen for Edge:

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 Edge, 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 apps and files being downloaded from the web are potentially dangerous but allows the action to continue.
  • Off = Turns off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, so a user isn’t alerted or stopped from downloading potentially malicious apps and files.
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Turn On or Off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge

When you are done with turning on Defender SmartScreen for Edge in Windows Security app, go to your Edge browser and also turn on Defender SmartScreen in Edge.

Below is a post that shows you how to do that.

How to turn On of Off Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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

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