This section provides a tutorial example on how to disable the SmartScreen Filter function in Internet Explorer 10 to stop sending website addresses to Microsoft.
What is SmartScreen Filter?
SmartScreen Filter is security function provided in Internet Explorer (IE) 10
that helps you identify reported phishing and malware websites and also helps
you make informed decisions about downloads. SmartScreen helps protect you in three ways:
As you browse the web, it analyzes pages and determines if they have any characteristics
that might be suspicious. If it finds suspicious pages, SmartScreen will display a warning page,
giving you an opportunity to provide feedback and advising you to continue with caution.
SmartScreen checks the sites you visit against a dynamic list of reported phishing sites
and malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen will show you a warning letting
you know that the site has been blocked for your safety.
SmartScreen checks files that you download from the web against a list of reported
malicious software sites and programs known to be unsafe. If it finds a match, SmartScreen
will warn you that the download has been blocked for your safety.
SmartScreen also checks the files that you download against a list of files that are well known
and downloaded by many people who use Internet Explorer. If the file that you're downloading
isn't on that list, SmartScreen will warn you. Learn more about downloading files.
SmartScreen Filter sounds like a nice function to protect your computer from getting infected
But it also allows Microsoft to track your browsing history and download history.
So if you have other virus and malware protection tools running on your computer,
you should turn off SmartScreen Filter:
1. Click menu: Tools > SmartScreen Filter > Turn of SmartScreen Filter...
You see the "Microsoft SmartScreen Filter" dialog box showing up.
2. Review and change settings as listed below:
SmartScreen Filter is designed to warn you if the website you are
visiting is impersonating another website or contains threads to
Unchecked: Turn on SmartScreen Filter (recommended)
Some website addresses will be sent to Microsoft to be
checked. Information received will not be used to
personally identify you.
Checked: Turn off SmartScreen Filter
Website addresses will not be sent to Microsoft unless
you choose to check them.
3. Click OK to save changes.
Example of the "Microsoft SmartScreen Filter" dialog box is shown below: