SmartScreen is a security feature built into Windows 10, specifically the Windows Defender tool.
Each time an application is run, Windows 10 will check if it is a “good” application using its catalog of applications.
It’s a good security measure and is particular helpful at stopping malware spreading through email attachments – where some users do not understand the difference between a legitimate document and an application.
If you attempt to run or install an application that Windows doesn’t recognize, you’ll see a window appear like the one above, warning you that “Windows protected your PC” and “prevented an unrecognized app from starting”.
If you’re sure you can trust the application such as Vovsoft programs you can run it by clicking on the “More info” link.
Don’t panic if the publisher field is listed as Unknown. Not every developer or publisher registers with a certificate and the absence of information in this field doesn’t mean that app is dangerous. However, it should cause you to check and make sure, that you’re running the right app from the correct source. Just click “Run anyway” button at the bottom of the window to finish bypassing Windows Defender SmartScreen.
|Last updated on July 10, 2020|