How to Turn On or Off SmartScreen Phishing Protection in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Phishing Protection in Windows 11. Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects against phishing or malware websites and applications, and the downloading of potentially malicious files.

This protection is built into Windows and it works with Microsoft Defender Endpoint to provide protection on your device and in the cloud. Protection such as Controlled folder accessReal-time protectionTamper protection and Ransomware protection are included with Microsoft Security.

When you enable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, websites and pages you visit online will be analyzed for suspicious behavior. If Microsoft Defender SmartScreen determines that a page is suspicious, it will show a warning page to advise caution.

The same is also true for downloaded apps and application installers. Downloaded apps and installer files are checked against a list of reported malicious software sites and programs known to be unsafe. If it finds a match, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen shows a warning to let the user know that the site might be malicious.

Below is how to turn off or on Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Phishing protection in Windows 11

How to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Phishing protection in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects against phishing or malware websites and applications, and the downloading of potentially malicious files.

Below is how to turn on or off periodic scanning with Microsoft Defender.

Turn on SmartScreen Phishing Protection:

In the search box on the taskbar, type Windows Security and then select Windows Security in the list of results.

open windows security app

In Windows Security, select App & browser control tile as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 app and browser control microsoft defender

On the App & browser control settings page, under Reputation-based protection, click on Reputation-based protection settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 microsoft defender reputation base protection

On the Reputation-based protection settings page, under Phishing protection, toggle the button to On of Off to enable or disable Phishing protection with Microsoft Defender.

windows 11 phishing protection disabled

When you enable Phishing protection, you can also choose to selectively enable malicious app and sites, password reuse and unsafe password storage warnings.

windows 11 phishing protection enabled

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Phishing Protection in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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