Windows 8 uses the SmartScreen filter to perform an application reputation check, and it now does system wide (not just when downloading programs with Internet Explorer like it did before).
Source: Scroll down to "Microsoft SmartScreen for Internet Explorer and now for Windows too":In Windows 7 when launching these downloaded applications, you get the following notification:
In Windows 8, SmartScreen will only notify you when you run an application that has not yet established a reputation and therefore is a higher risk:
The user experience for applications with an established reputation is simple and clean: you just click and run, removing the prompt you would have seen in Windows 7.
Protecting you from malware - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Your browser has nothing to do with it. That was only an example.
Windows checks if the application is signed and if not, then puts up a dialog.
If it is signed it just runs.
after 1 year of w8.1 use , i have never seen the SmartScreen (green windows)
is there a way to test it ?
for example i downloaded few seconds ago shareX portable , version 9.10.1 released 1 day ago , i run it , no warnings
Last edited by drugo; 19 May 2015 at 01:17.
The application itself is digitally signed by the developer. So even if it was released today it would pass.
Test it? Sure, go find some torrent app or something compiled by someone not known by Microsoft as a developer and run it.
Got a good backup?
basically it says I dont know this, do you want to continue, thats where the livewire interface has to make a decision