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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent a User from Bypassing the SmartScreen Filter Warnings in Internet Explorer

Learn how to prevent someone from bypassing Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen filter in Windows 7.

The SmartScreen Filter prevents users from navigating to and downloading from sites known to host malicious content, including Phishing or malicious software attacks.

If you enable this policy setting, the user is not permitted to navigate to sites identified as unsafe by the SmartScreen Filter.

If you disable this policy setting or do not configure it, the user can ignore SmartScreen Filter warnings and navigate to unsafe sites.

Prevent Bypassing IE’s SmartScreen Filter

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent Bypassing SmartScreen Filter Warnings in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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