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fillup

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I tried to install some programs I had on my external HD and a big green banner popped up across the screen saying: "Check your Internet connetion. Windows SmartScreen is unreachable and can't help you decide if this program is okay to run."

I finally figured out I had to click on 'more info', then select "Run Anyway" to get anything to install. Who would have known you had to click more info to get the option to install!?

Anyway, I tried to disable SmartScreen, but it won't let me. There are 3 options to choose from. I select the 3rd option to disable it, but it keeps going back to option 2. How are you suppose to turn this thing off?
 

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Bill2

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Ok, I did some research into this. Smartscreen, as you would have guessed is a new security feature (not talking about the IE smartscreen filter, thats different) that acts as a file reputation filter. Its supposed to protect you from dangerous downloads and such like and in fact is the new killer feature in windows security (like the inbuilt AV and the enhanced UAC).

You cant disable smartscreen as of now. After repeatedly trying and failing, I poked around in the gp editor and found a smartscreen setting but it is labeled "Placeholder". One can make a change there but again the setting goes back to disabled. In short, smartscreen appears to be a work in progress which we'll see in action in future builds.
 

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fillup

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Ok, I did some research into this. Smartscreen, as you would have guessed is a new security feature (not talking about the IE smartscreen filter, thats different) that acts as a file reputation filter. Its supposed to protect you from dangerous downloads and such like and in fact is the new killer feature in windows security (like the inbuilt AV and the enhanced UAC).

You cant disable smartscreen as of now. After repeatedly trying and failing, I poked around in the gp editor and found a smartscreen setting but it is labeled "Placeholder". One can make a change there but again the setting goes back to disabled. In short, smartscreen appears to be a work in progress which we'll see in action in future builds.


Oh, ok. Thanks.

So is the built-in AV any good? I tried to install Avast but was told it had compatibility issues.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit - Windows 8 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Laptop: Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809
    CPU
    Intel Xeon 3110 3.0Ghz @ 3.6Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte EX38-DS4
    Memory
    8GB G. Skill PC2-8500
    Graphics Card(s)
    PALiT GeForce 9600 GT PCI Express 2.0
    Sound Card
    OnBoard - Realtek ALC889A High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 24" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS - 300GB | Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS - 750GB | LaCie d2Next-Quadra external - 1TB
    PSU
    Corsair HS620W
    Case
    Lian Li PC-V1100b Plus II
    Cooling
    Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    SLOW - HughesNet Satellite Internet - SUCKS!

mikedl

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Oh, ok. Thanks.

So is the built-in AV any good? I tried to install Avast but was told it had compatibility issues.
Yeah, it's fine. It's MSE and Defender combined, renamed "Defender" only. For now, no need for anything else.
 

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    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot
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    Toshiba
    CPU
    Core 2 Duo T5500
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 965
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop 17", Gateway 20"
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 (x2)

Bill2

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Builtin AV seems to be fine though its really hard to tell right now. Theres been no benchmarking done and win8 being a "new" OS... So the same old strategy- keep your data backed up. Am using only the builtin one right now.
 

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