Disable or Turn Off Internet Explorer 8 SmartScreen Filter

March 9, 2010 | Filed under Internet Explorer, Security

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SmartScreen filter is a feature of Windows Internet Explorer 8. It is designed to help protect you from fraudulent websites trying to steal your personal information. SmartScreen filter also helps protect you from installing malicious software or malware, which are programs that demonstrate illegal, viral, fraudulent, or malicious behavior.

SmartScreen operates in the background as you browse the web, analyzing webpages and determining if they have any characteristics that might be suspicious. If it finds suspicious webpages, SmartScreen filter will display the “Are you trying to visit this website?” fly-out, giving you an opportunity to provide feedback and advising you to proceed with caution. SmartScreen filter checks the sites you visit against an up-to-the-hour, dynamic list of reported phishing sites and malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen filter will show you a red warning notifying you that the site has been blocked for your safety.

If you are already using some kind of antivirus such as AVG, Kaspersky, they already come with their own antiphishing addon which protects you against phishing or malicious websites. Having SmartScreen turned on will only slow down the process of opening a website.

To turn off SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 7 or 8, simultaneously press Alt+T, go to SmartScreen Filter and select “Turn Off SmartScreen Filter”. A window will appear asking you to confirm your actions. Make sure that “Turn off SmartScreen Filter” is selected and click the OK button to take effect. All websites would load slightly faster now because it doesn’t gets checked by a list of blacklisted sites by SmartScreen Filter.

Disable IE8 SmartScreen Filter




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