Windows Defender in Windows 10 works to protect your PC from Malicious Apps or Dangerous Web Page. The primary concern of Windows Security Essentials and it is built in features to save you. It shows a Windows Defender SmartScreen and provides the message “Windows Protected Your PC. Windows Defender SmartScreen Prevented an unrecognized app from starting, running this app might put your PC at risk, Don’t Run“ You may be bored and happy to say it is good for you in most of the cases. On the other hand, you can think the apps or webpage you are visiting is safe for me, so why is it showing the warnings?
In general, it is just concerning you the matter. As Windows Defender has got some unhealthy behavior, you may notice it and most of the cases, you can check it if the apps or webpage is harmful to you. At the same time, you can also solve it easily by following some methods. Anyway, let’s see how to deal with the SmartScreen – Windows Protected Your PC.
When SmartScreen shows Windows Defender?
So, you can ask why and when Windows Defender shows the SmartScreen with blue Color with the message Windows Protected Your PC? In general, Windows Security Essentials works to protect you from harmful apps or webpage. At the same time, it can prevent the apps to run on the PC which is merely recognized or unknown. When Windows Defender is turned on on your computer, it happens most of the time.
Windows keeps the data of popular apps or websites info in the security essentials. When it gets any apps or webpage which is not familiar or showing any functions which is not recognized with Windows or not good for the health of your PC or infected with the malicious program, then Windows protect you to keep you safe. In some cases, it is not good for you. As you need to run the program to happen some works.
For example, you are running app which is not known in the Windows Database or very new or infected with the malicious program, then it will open a new window, and it will give you the message “Windows Defender Prevented an unrecognized app from starting.” It is very common, and you can solve it also. With this in mind, you need to follow some works. I will show all the things here.
Fix Windows Defender SmartScreen: Windows Protected Your PC
As Windows is not able to run the Apps manually and showing a warning to you, what will you do to solve it? Just follow two steps to get the instant solution, and you turn it off permanently. Though it is not good to turn it off if you are not tech savvy.
Solution 1: Follow Run Anyway
When you are getting the message Windows Protected Your PC, you will not get any way to run it. Though you will see an option “More Options,” when you will click here, you will get the apps or program name here. At the same time, it will show the publishers name, and at the end of the SmartScreen you will see an option “Run Anyway”, you have to ensure the app you have got from a verified or trusted publishers, though it can show the Unknown Publishers, because all the publishers may not be registered with Windows. For this reason, you have to ensure, the apps or programs are not from the untrusted place. Surely, then you can go with it.
So, the whole process is,
- First, click on More Options from the SmartScreen. It will show the app name and Publishers. If you think, the publisher is trusted and there will no problem. Then go to the below of the screen.
- Now click on “Run Anyway.” Here it may want the admin permission; if the apps are verified, then there have no problem to give the administrators permission.
- Then follow the next screen to run it.
Hope it will be installed or run simultaneously and tips will be helpful.
Solution 2: Turn off Windows Defender SmartScreen to unlock Protection of PC
If you do not to see the SmartScreen of Windows Defender Protected Your PC, you can turn off the SmartScreen to check your PC or untrusted program. It is not harmful if you are sure you are not running any apps or program which are not verified. On the other hand, if you don’t keep any knowledge how to measure it, then I will recommend staying it turn on. Anyway, let’s see how can you turn off Windows Defender SmartScreen. Not to mention, by default it comes with turn on.
- First Open Windows Defender Security Center with administrator Control from the Taskbar search in Windows 10. You will get the Administrator control if you right click on the apps.
- Now Go to App and Browser Control.
- Click on Turn off All the SmartScreen options from this page including Check Apps and Files, SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge, SmartScreen for Microsoft Store Apps.
- Now Restart The PC.
If you run any apps or program now, Windows Defender will not show any message which is protecting your apps.
Important: You may need the administrator control, or you need to sign in the admin account to change the setting. At the same time, you need to Restart the PC to make the changes.
Need More Help?
Finally, you have solved the issues of Windows Defender SmartScreen – Windows Protected Your PC. It will not show the message SmartScreen Prevented an unrecognized app from starting in Windows 10, running this app might put your PC at risk. Hope the tips will help you.
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