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How do I run an application SmartScreen has prevented?

If you have confidence in the application, click on the “More info” link. You can always trust Vovsoft programs as long as you download them from our website. But if you have any doubts, we recommend scanning the file on VirusTotal.

Windows protected your PC Click 1st

Don’t panic if the publisher field is listed as “Unknown publisher”. 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.

Windows protected your PC Click 2nd

What is SmartScreen?

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is a security feature built into Windows 10 and Windows 11, specifically the Windows Defender tool.

Each time an application is run, Windows 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”.

Turn off SmartScreen via Windows' Security Settings

Disabling SmartScreen permanently may be dangerous. If you still want to do it, the easiest way to turn off SmartScreen is via the Windows Settings panel. You can configure all the aspects of your system security from the Windows Security panel. Here's how to do it.

  1. Press Win+I to open Settings.
  2. Enter Windows Security.
  3. Click on Open Windows Security.
  4. Open the App & browser control tab.
  5. Click on Reputation-based protection settings under Reputation-based protection.
  6. If you want to turn off SmartScreen completely, then disable all filters.

If any of the SmartScreen filters are grayed out with the message saying “this setting is managed by your administrator”, you will need to contact your administrator.

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abdul razaq
Jan 20, 2022 at 10:34 pm (PST) | Reply
how to unistall Keyboard light
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Vovsoft Support
Jan 23, 2022 at 07:56 am (PST) | Reply
Hello Abdul. Please read How to Uninstall.

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Jul 11, 2021 at 10:22 am (PST) | Reply
Dear Vovsoft

Are you produce also a screenreader for mobile apps or is the present free screenreader useble for desktop, tablet and mobile apps?
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Vovsoft Support
Jul 11, 2021 at 03:20 pm (PST) | Reply
Hello Peter. Our Screen Reader software is only for desktop PCs.

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Jun 3, 2021 at 03:07 am (PST) | Reply

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Feb 4, 2021 at 05:25 pm (PST) | Reply
Sorry, forgot to say what the file is! WebCam-Capture.exe Windows says "webcam-capture.exe was blocked because it could harm your device." I've been unsuccessful determining what the issue is. Would be nice to try it out.

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Feb 4, 2021 at 01:36 pm (PST) | Reply
When I download, Windows 10 blocks the file. I'm not about to open a file that my anti-virus thinks is malicious. Yes, I'm logged on as admin.

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kenny baker
Dec 11, 2020 at 08:15 am (PST) | Reply
windows is a PAIN THE BEHIND in its incessant quest to keep 3rd party apps out. To a techy like me its is just a pain, however my wife is not able to follow all the crapola that WINDOWS asks for....It is leading me to get closer & closer to install Linux & get rid of MSOFT WIN..
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Feb 26, 2023 at 04:04 am (PST) | Reply
Hey linsux fanboy. I don't understand your dumb complaint. For a regular dumbo user this is a good feature as it prevents them from running an email attached .exe file that disguises itself as a document. This helps to prevent malware from spreading. If you're a power user, like myself you can just turn this off. Windows is actually pretty flexible and can be modified. I run windows 10 and I have no windows defender, wmp, metro apps and most of other preinstalled programs I deem useless, that are replaced by superior alternatives. If your wife(your right hand) cannot follow these simple steps such as clicking more info, then she is exact type of user this was desined for in order to stop them from installing most of malware that destroys their pc and then they turn around and blame MS for their own stupidity.

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Nov 8, 2020 at 11:08 am (PST) | Reply

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Bas van der Jagt
Nov 4, 2020 at 02:51 am (PST) | Reply
My problem is that i cannot update the programm keyboard-lights 4.3. I constantly receive the message: keyboard-lights.exe cannot be verified. As suggested i close all files, try to delete the keyboard programm, all not possible. What can be the problem and how can i solve it? Regards
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Vovsoft Support
Nov 4, 2020 at 09:27 am (PST) | Reply
Hi Bas, it looks like an authorization issue. Please login with administrator privileges and try again. You can also download and use the portable edition that doesn't require admin rights.

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