How to Turn On or Off Smart App Control in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Smart App Control in Windows 11. Windows comes with a free and robust antivirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus that helps protect one’s computer from threats and online malware.

Smart App Control is a new feature being rolled out to PCs enrolled in Microsoft Insider Program that also protects users from malware, new and emerging threats, including blocking apps that are malicious or untrusted.

This protection is built into Windows and it works with Microsoft Defender Endpoint to provide additional protection on your device and in the cloud. Protection such as Controlled folder accessReal-time protectionTamper protection and Ransomware protection are included with Microsoft Security.

When you turn on Smart App Control, it starts in evaluation mode. In this more, Windows tries to determine if your computer is ready and a good candidate for Smart App Control. If your PC is ready and meets all the requirements, Smart App Control will automatically be turned on. If not, it’ll be turned off.

How to enable or disable Smart App Control in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Smart App Control protects users from malware, new and emerging threats, including blocking apps that are malicious or untrusted.

You can find the settings for Smart App Control in the App & browser control panel of the Windows Security app.

Below is how to turn on or off Smart App Control in Windows 11.

Turn On or Off Smart App Control:

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 smart app control enable disable

On the App & browser control page, click on Smart App Control settings link to open it.

windows 11 smart app control settings

Then change the Periodic scanning setting to On or Off.

windows 11 turn on smart app control

Smart App Control is only available on clean installs of Windows 11.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off Smart App Control on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

1 Comment

  1. Good article, and straight to the point.

    Do we have any idea if the Smart App Control is optional during a fresh install? Or is it automatically turned on?

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