How to Disable a Smart Filter

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If you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser to surf the Internet, you might also have the protection provided by its "SmartScreen Filter." This feature is a benefit to you because it thwarts an Internet threat known as "phishing," which baits you into downloading unwanted or undesired Web pages to your browser. The pre-screened, blacklisted sites, however, might not be considered as such by all Internet users, and this could hamper your efforts to bring up your preferred Web pages. If you are inconvenienced by the SmartScreen feature, Microsoft has added functionality that turns the feature off.

  • Click "Start." Type "Internet Explorer" in the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Press "Enter."

  • Click the "Safety" button in the top-right corner of the window. Select "SmartScreen Filter" from the drop-down menu.

  • Click on "Turn Off SmartScreen Filter" from the sub-menu, which opens a dialogue box.

  • Click the radio button next to "Turn Off SmartScreen Filter" in the "Microsoft SmartScreen Filter" dialogue box.

  • Click the "OK" button to disable the smart filter, or "SmartScreen Filter," in Internet Explorer.

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