What is Windows SmartScreen?

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You can download files from nearly any place while you're connected to the Internet. You have the option of purchasing and downloading games, music, movies, and other types of media from reputable sources or shareware and third-party websites. There may be hazards depending on which path you choose, and your device will strive to defend itself and you from cyber threats. Windows Defender SmartScreen comes to the rescue in this situation.

What is Windows SmartScreen?

Windows 10 comes with various built-in security features to enhance your computer’s security. Windows 10 provides more protection than previous Windows editions, from integrated antivirus screening to passwordless logins. Microsoft automatically prohibits unrecognized apps and programs from launching, which helps to improve this even further.

Windows SmartScreen is a technology that prevents potentially harmful malware from running. SmartScreen runs in the background, which may occasionally consume system resources.

  • SmartScreen debuted in Windows 8, and it has subsequently been improved in Windows 10. The SmartScreen filter examines every application or file you download against a Microsoft database.

  • SmartScreen will allow a file to run if it has been seen previously and is known to be safe, for example, if you download the Chrome or iTunes installer.

  • SmartScreen blocks a file if it hasn't been seen before and is known to be harmful malware. If Windows hasn't seen it before and isn't sure if it's safe, it prevents the App from beginning and warns you that it could be dangerous, but you can ignore the warning.

How Does a SmartScreen Work?

You run the danger of infecting your computer every time you download a file or an app. SmartScreen's job is to protect your system against this.

  • The SmartScreen utility searches your downloads and compares them to Microsoft's software database. Apps and files that are safe pass the SmartScreen check without a hitch.

  • The SmartScreen flags your download as risky and prevents it if Microsoft deems the thing you downloaded as malware.

  • You'll get a SmartScreen warning if you try to run something Windows hasn't seen before, but you can disregard it at your cost.

Reasons to Use CPU and Memory

The SmartScreen process runs in the background most of the time and consumes almost no system resources. You'll note that it utilizes 0% CPU and only a few megabytes of RAM in Task Manager. When the process isn't in use, Windows may close it automatically. Windows may close it automatically when the process isn't in use, so you won't always notice it running in the background.

Suppose you're using the standard Windows Defender as your antivirus program. In that case, the SmartScreen filter is employed in addition to the usual antivirus scans, which are done by the Antimalware Service Executable process.

How SmartScreen Verifies a Signed Software's Integrity?

The hashing verification method is a little tricky. Let's look at how it all works in more layman's terms.

  • Windows Defender SmartScreen computes the file's cryptographic hash value. This hash is essentially a long string of integers that uniquely identifies that specific file allows the program to assess whether the software was signed by a known and trusted developer or publisher.

  • The hash information is sent to Microsoft's servers by Windows SmartScreen. This procedure entails comparing the generated hash value to data stored by Microsoft. (If the number they cause is the same as the software's, it hasn't been tampered with.) If the hash doesn't match, it's been tampered with.)

  • SmartScreen receives a response from Microsoft's server informing it whether or not the file is safe. Windows allows the download or installation to proceed if the file is secure. If not, it prevents the application from being installed or opened.

We won't go too technical here; simply, it's about ensuring that the software was signed by a legitimate, well-known person or organization and that it hasn't been tampered with since they signed it.

Updated on 18-Apr-2022 11:41:01