How To Fix “Windows protected your PC” Pop Up

How to Fix or Bypass “Windows protected your PC” Pop Up

Are you facing an error message saying “Windows protected your PC” when you’re trying to run an app?

Here’s the full error message that you will get “Windows protected your PC, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk”.

Under the pop-up message, there will be a “Don’t run” option.

When you select this option the pop-up message will disappear and you can’t launch that app or program.

Now the question is – How to stop Windows protected your PC message?

There are several methods we have found for you to bypass this pop-up.

In this guide, you will learn how to bypass, turn off, remove, or disable Windows protected your PC error.

But before that, let’s know why is it showing your PC is monitored and protected.

What Is “Windows protected your PC” Pop-Up Message?

­This pop-up message occurs when you are trying to run an app or program that is unrecognized by Windows.

It can happen to you if you have downloaded an app from third-party websites such as SourceForge, Itch.io, or Google Drive.

The Check apps and files feature protects your system from unrecognized apps and files on the web.

Now, let’s check the methods to fix “Windows protect your PC” and “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk”.

How To Fix “Windows protected your PC”

You should remove malware or turn off the “Check apps and files” feature on your PC.

You can also select “Run anyway” when the “Windows protect your PC” appears.

Solution 1: Disable “Check apps and files” Feature

In this workaround, you need to turn off the “Check apps and files” feature on your PC.

These are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Go to Windows Search and search for Windows Security.

Step 2: Navigate to Apps and browser control > Reputation-based protection settings.

Select Apps and browser control

Step 3: Turn the toggle OFF under “Check apps and files”.

Disable Check apps and files

Now, run the app and check if the problem is fixed or not.

Solution 2: Choose “Run anyway” Option

When you run an app or program that is not recognized by Windows, then the error will pop up and you need to select the “Run anyway” option from that.

Note: Try this method, only when you trust the app or program, as it mentions “Running this app might put your PC at risk”.

Follow the steps to do so.

Step 1: Launch the app or program that you are trying to run.

Step 2: When the error appears, click on More info > Run anyway.

Select Run anyway option

Solution 3: Remove Malware From Your PC

At first, you need to download MalwareBytes for free on your PC.

These are the steps to follow.

Step 1: After downloading it, run MBSetup.

Step 2: Choose Install, then select protection type.

Step 3: Launch MalwareBytes and click on Get started.

Step 4: To start a 14-day trial, you need to enter your Email address.

Step 5: Choose Scan and remove the detected malware on your PC.

Check if the problem is fixed or not.

Conclusion

Windows protected your PC pop-up when you’re trying to run a program or app that is not recognized by Windows.

If you trust the program or app, then you can follow the above-mentioned methods to remove or disable “Windows protected your PC”.

This guide has covered all possible ways to remove, turn off or fix Windows protected your PC”.

I hope this guide was helpful for you.

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