When the smart screen is enabled, the Windows smart screen filter sends information about every application you download!
The data ends up on highly secure Microsoft servers, where this data information is then analyzed in order to use the Microsoft database to ensure that harmful apps do not spread and the entries are compared with existing comparable apps and programs in the database.
If Windows receives negative feedback from the app or a program from the server, it prevents the software from starting or from being executed under Windows 11 / 10 / 8.1 / 7. Windows then simply closes or exits the program / APP .
Over time, however, incorrect entries end up in the smart screen filter database. And then it gets annoying, for example, if the Smart Screen Filter finds incorrect or no information for an application that has just been downloaded, it prevents the app / program from being executed and annoying messages appear, such as "Windows is protecting your PC" , by preventing this potentially malicious software, most of which is not malicious software, from running.
This news, along with the fact that Microsoft seems to know everything about what you are running and installing, makes the Smart Screen Filter unsympathetic to many, although the purpose behind it is an honorable one, to make the Internet safer.
For many users, it is less than desirable.
FAQ 70: Updated on: 24 July 2021 13:29