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Disable SmartScreen for multiple files at once

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    Win 8.1

    Disable SmartScreen for multiple files at once


    I have a directory that contains about a hundred batch files, each which starts up a ssh terminal connected to a different server. When I run one, I get the "SmartScreen" message saying that Windows is preventing an unrecognized app from starting. I can click "more info" to run it anyway, and from then on it'll run as it should. I'm hoping there's a way to select all the files at once and disable SmartScreen for them.

    I know I can disable SmartScreen altogether, but it seems like it could be preferable to leave it on, as it might be protecting my system from malware and what not. I guess if that's the only way to easily get all apps I want to use to not be blocked, that's what I'll have to do.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I ran into that on Windows 8.1 64 bit, it as just a little program I use all the time, runs in the 32 bit version of 8.1. But Smartscreen Blocked it, and I could not tell it to run anyway. I'd also like to know how to disable it completely in 8.1, I was able to do it on 8, but I can't find the settings for it in 8.1
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Brent212 View Post
    I have a directory that contains about a hundred batch files, each which starts up a ssh terminal connected to a different server. When I run one, I get the "SmartScreen" message saying that Windows is preventing an unrecognized app from starting. I can click "more info" to run it anyway, and from then on it'll run as it should. I'm hoping there's a way to select all the files at once and disable SmartScreen for them.

    I know I can disable SmartScreen altogether, but it seems like it could be preferable to leave it on, as it might be protecting my system from malware and what not. I guess if that's the only way to easily get all apps I want to use to not be blocked, that's what I'll have to do.
    Hello Brent, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yeah, about all you can do is to unblock the files. Once unblocked, you shouldn't see SmartScreen for them again.

    Open File - Security Warning : Unblock File - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I ran into that on Windows 8.1 64 bit, it as just a little program I use all the time, runs in the 32 bit version of 8.1. But Smartscreen Blocked it, and I could not tell it to run anyway. I'd also like to know how to disable it completely in 8.1, I was able to do it on 8, but I can't find the settings for it in 8.1
    Hello Jon,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to turn off SmartScreen, but it would be recommended to leave it turned on and just unblock files as needed instead to have better security.

    Windows SmartScreen - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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Disable SmartScreen for multiple files at once
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